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Evolutionary Perspectives on Economic Resilience in Regional Development

Lookup NU author(s): Emil Evenhuis, Professor Stuart Dawley


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In this chapter we discuss how the mechanisms and drivers of regional economic resilience can be theorised using Evolutionary Approaches in Economic Geography. We focus on Evolutionary Approaches, which draw from three main theoretical frameworks: Generalised Darwinism, Complexity Theory, and Path Dependency. We will review each of the three frameworks with regard to their understanding of regional economic resilience, with particular attention to their treatment of the roles of agency, institutions and multi-scalar processes. We conclude that the Path Dependency approach – so far relatively neglected in debates on regional resilience – offers the greatest theoretical insight into these interrelated domains and provides the basis for a more comprehensive evolutionary resilience research agenda.

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Author(s): Evenhuis E, Dawley S

Editor(s): Williams N; Vorley T

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Creating Resilient Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain Times

Year: 2017

Print publication date: 28/07/2017

Acceptance date: 16/11/2016

Publisher: Edward Elgar

Place Published: Cheltenham

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781785367632