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Worlds Apart? Engaging with the "World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography"


  • Jamie Peck
  • Eric Sheppard


Introducing a roundtable discussion of the World Bank's "World Development Report 2009": "Reshaping Economic Geography", this article contextualizes the report in intellectual and political terms. It reflects on the lost opportunities for, and potential limits of, engagement between the style of New Economic Geography espoused by the World Bank and the pluralist heterodoxy of economic geography "proper," before briefly previewing the commentaries from Gillian Hart, Victoria Lawson, and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and the response from World Bank economists Uwe Deichmann, Indermit Gill, and Chor Ching Goh. Copyright (c) 2010 Clark University.

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  • Jamie Peck & Eric Sheppard, 2010. "Worlds Apart? Engaging with the "World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography"," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 86(4), pages 331-340, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecgeog:v:86:y:2010:i:4:p:331-340

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    1. Wade, Robert Hunter, 2001. "Making the World Development Report 2000: Attacking Poverty," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(8), pages 1435-1441, August.
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    5. Victoria Lawson, 2010. "Reshaping Economic Geography? Producing Spaces of Inclusive Development," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 86(4), pages 351-360, October.
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    7. Gillian Hart, 2010. "Redrawing the Map of the World? Reflections on the "World Development Report 2009"," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 86(4), pages 341-350, October.
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    1. Enrique Garcilazo & Joaquim Oliveira Martins, 2015. "The Contribution of Regions to Aggregate Growth in the OECD," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 91(2), pages 205-221, April.
    2. Fabrizio Barca & Philip McCann & Andrés Rodríguez‐Pose, 2012. "The Case For Regional Development Intervention: Place‐Based Versus Place‐Neutral Approaches," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(1), pages 134-152, February.
    3. Albrecht Kauffmann, 2013. "The Russian Urban System in Transition: The View of New Economic Geography," ERSA conference papers ersa13p280, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Sophie Webber, 2015. "Randomising Development: Geography, Economics and the Search for Scientific Rigour," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 106(1), pages 36-52, February.

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