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Is geographical economics imperializing economic geography?

Uskali Mäki and Caterina Marchionni

in Journal of Economic Geography

Volume 11, issue 4, pages 645-665
Published in print July 2011 | ISSN: 1468-2702
Published online June 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-2710 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbq021
Is geographical economics imperializing economic geography?

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Geographical economics (also known as the ‘new economic geography’) is an approach developed within economics dealing with space and geography, issues previously neglected by the mainstream of the discipline. Some practitioners in neighbouring fields traditionally concerned with spatial issues (descriptively) characterized it as—and (normatively) blamed it for—intellectual imperialism. We provide a nuanced analysis of the alleged imperialism of geographical economics and investigate whether the form of imperialism it allegedly instantiates is to be resisted and on what grounds. From both descriptive and normative perspectives, our conclusion is: yes and no.

Keywords: Economic geography; geographical economics; economics imperialism; interdisciplinarity; A12; B41; F12; R00

Journal Article.  10065 words. 

Subjects: International Trade ; General Economics ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics ; Economic Methodology

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