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Jalons pour une analyse dynamique des Proximités


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  • André Torre


The purpose of this article is to set the foundation of a dynamic analysis of proximity relations. The investigations conducted about the latter, as well as the resulting analyses are today detailed enough to help address the question of the inscription of the different types of proximity in time, and that of the progression and combination of the sequences of proximity. In the first section, we propose an adjustment of the notions of Geographical Proximity and of Organized Proximity and, based on this adjustment, we build a typology, which goes to the integration of Temporary Geographical Proximity. In the second section, using an example of a long distance collaboration between two firms, we show how integrating the phenomena of mobility and ubiquity enables us to develop a dynamic approach to Proximity. We then extend this approach to situations such as co-location, divergent trajectories, or bifurcations. This leads to our conclusion in which we make six propositions summarizing what we have achieved and providing the foundation for a dynamic approach to proximity relations. Throughout our paper, we use examples with a ?stylized fact? value and, in order to simplify our discussion, we also use graphs to illustrate certain situations.

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Article provided by Armand Colin in its journal Revue d’Économie Régionale & Urbaine.

Volume (Year): juin (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 409-437

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Handle: RePEc:cai:rerarc:reru_103_0409

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Keywords: geographical proximity; organised proximity; dynamics;

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  1. Persillet, Vanessa & Shonkwiler, J. Scott, 2013. "Determinants of Firm Relocation—A Study of Agro-Food Processors," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C., Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 149014, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Determinants of firm relocation. A study of agro-food processors & Vanessa Persillet Author-X-Name- First: Vanessa Author-X-Name- Last: Persillet & John Scott Shonkwiler, 2013. "Determinants of firm relocation. A study of agro-food processors," Working Papers SMART - LERECO, INRA UMR SMART 13-08, INRA UMR SMART.
  3. Andre Torre, 2011. "Analyse économique du paysage et relations de proximités : de l'oubli au conflit," Working Papers 163197, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  4. Aubry, Christine & Kebir, Leïla, 2013. "Shortening food supply chains: A means for maintaining agriculture close to urban areas? The case of the French metropolitan area of Paris," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 85-93.


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