The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography is the single most important statement of the scope and status of the vibrant interdisciplinary field of economic geography, bringing together more than forty leading economists and geographers from around the world. The volume relies upon acknowledged experts with outstanding international reputations, but also introduces readers to the academic stars of the future. It is devoted to the frontiers of the field, eschewing nostalgia for the past in favour of contributions relevant to the emerging global economy of the twenty-first century. From general statements about the history and evolution of the field to those concerning the crucial problems of economic geography, the rival theories and perspectives that have sustained its recent growth are covered in depth. As a consequence, the volume and its contributors are always provocative and challenging, and will define the terms of debate for the coming decade.
The Handbook also focuses upon linkages, including those between the global and the local, between industry, location and trade, and between corporate strategy and market structure. Relevant to industrial organization theory, labour economics, and international trade theory, it is a testament to intellectual innovation. It argues for a broad view of the field of economic geography, situating the diversity of regions and places in the context of contending theoretical perspectives. The editors have outstanding reputations for original research at the boundaries of economics and geography. They have taught in leading US and European universities, and have contributed to significant debates about the theory of economic geography and its applications to public policy. They have assembled a formidable team of experts, unmatched by any other group. This is the most comprehensive and significant statement about the value and potential of economic geography in thirty years.
Gordon L. Clark is at St Peter's College, Oxford. Meric S. Gertler is at University of Toronto. Maryann P. Feldman is at Johns Hopkins University.
An excellent overview of the intellectual ferment that characterizes contemporary economic geography, highlighting new approaches and perspectives amid continuing debates about the degree to which economics and geography are complements or substitutes for one another. Irwin Feller, Intercollege Research Program, Pennsylvania State University
'a state-of-the-art review of the subject at the millennium ... One of its strengths is that among these authors there are at least nine economists including Paul Krugman and Michael Porter who in recent years have made stimulating contributions to the subject ... This will be a valuable book for all advanced students of economic geography at universities and for academics in the field.' Chris Law, Geographical Association, July 2001
This is an excellent and much needed collection. It will make an important contribution to social science broadly, particularly geography and economics. The editors are highly regarded scholars in their own right. The contributors are the luminaries in the field; particularly notable is the fact that the editors have attracted leading economists in addition to the top economic geographers. This will make the volume truly unique and much valued. Richard Florida, Center for Economic Development, Carnegie Mellon University
'it will be a valuable curriculum companion from which students will gain a great deal, whether guided, or exploring it in their own time ... the Handbook is a valuable collection and should be purchased for academic library shelves wherever spatial analysis is performed.' Phil Cooke, European Planning Studies, Vol.9, No.5, 2001
Whether scholar or student, this book is the place to come for comprehensive, critical, reflective and futuristic writing on economic geography. Together, these contributions define the field in all its dynamism, negotiating world-reshaping events from globalism to localism, technological change to new regional politics. Ann Markusen, Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
"As the IT revolution runs its course, the old ideas that were useful guides to understanding twentieth-century economic regionalization and trade have been supplanted by a new conceptual apparatus. The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography provides a comprehensive introduction to this apparatus that will be invaluable to advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, as well as to those instructors whose teaching was based in the ealier lore...an impressive, comprehensive introduction to a rapidly evolving field that is located where geography and economics intermingle." Brian J L Berry, School of Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas