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Agency, Institutions, and Darwinism in Evolutionary Economic Geography

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The article by Danny MacKinnon, Andrew Cumbers, Andy Pike, Kean Birch, and Robert McMaster continues the dialogue on evolutionary ideas within economic geography. In response, I argue that the word "evolution" has a variety of meanings and that more precision is required. This commentary also addresses the possibility of generalizing Darwinian principles to evolving social phenomena. It upholds that institutions and power fit into this Darwinian framework and that it does not undermine the importance of agency, deliberation, or choice. A word such as "determinism" should also be used more carefully, as it has multiple meanings. Copyright (c) 2009 Clark University.

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  • Geoffrey M. Hodgson, 2009. "Agency, Institutions, and Darwinism in Evolutionary Economic Geography," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(2), pages 167-173, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecgeog:v:85:y:2009:i:2:p:167-173
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    1. Howard Aldrich & Geoffrey Hodgson & David Hull & Thorbjørn Knudsen & Joel Mokyr & Viktor Vanberg, 2008. "In defence of generalized Darwinism," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 18(5), pages 577-596, October.
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    4. Danny MacKinnon & Andrew Cumbers & Andy Pike & Kean Birch & Robert McMaster, 2009. "Evolution in Economic Geography: Institutions, Political Economy, and Adaptation," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(2), pages 129-150, April.
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    1. Robert & Claudia Klaerding, 2012. "Theoretical advancement in economic geography by engaged pluralism," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1202, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Jan 2012.
    2. Andy Pike & Kean Birch & Andrew Cumbers & Danny MacKinnon & Robert McMaster, 2009. "A Geographical Political Economy of Evolution in Economic Geography," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(2), pages 175-182, April.
    3. Andy Pike & Andrew Cumbers & Stuart Dawley & Danny MacKinnon & Robert McMaster, 2015. "Doing evolution in economic geography," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1532, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Sep 2015.
    4. Gernot Grabher, 2009. "Yet Another Turn? The Evolutionary Project in Economic Geography," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(2), pages 119-127, April.
    5. Georgy Levit & Uwe Hossfeld & Ulrich Witt, 2011. "Can Darwinism be “Generalized” and of what use would this be?," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 21(4), pages 545-562, October.
    6. Ron Boschma & Ron Martin, 2010. "The Aims and Scope of Evolutionary Economic Geography," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    7. Essletzbichler Jürgen, 2012. "Generalized Darwinism, group selection and evolutionary economic geography," Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, De Gruyter, vol. 56(1-2), pages 129-146, October.

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