‘The localised conditions that are crucial to the particular articulation of localities and regions within wider scale processes of economic transformation’ (Henry (2001) Env. & Plan. A 33). Institutional thickness includes trade associations, voluntary agencies, sectoral coalitions, concrete institutions, and local elites—their effects on local policy, and their consensus institutions: common agreements, shared views and interpretations, and unwritten laws.
E. Sheppard (2002) is sceptical: ‘how, exactly, does institutional thickness promote local economic development and prosperity? Further, how do we explain the fact that some very successful regions do not appear to be underpinned by a highly concentrated and co-ordinated matrix of institutions?’ Does institutional thickness stimulate growth, or vice-versa? (A. Wood and D. Valler2004).
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.