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  • Eric L Jones

    (La Trobe University, Australia)


The familiar industrialisation of northern England and less familiar de-industrialisation of the south are shown to have depended on a common process. Neither rise nor decline resulted from differences in natural resource endowments, since they began before the use of coal and steam in manufacturing. Instead, political certainty, competitive ideology and Enlightenment optimism encouraged investment in transport and communications. This integrated the national market, intensifying competition between regions and altering economic distributions. Despite a dysfunctional landed system, agricultural innovation meant that the south's comparative advantage shifted towards the farm sector. Meanwhile its manufactures slowly declined. Once industry clustered in the less benign northern environment, technological changes in manufacturing accumulated there.This book portrays the Industrial Revolution as deriving from economic competition within unique political arrangements.

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  • Eric L Jones, 2010. "LOCATING THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION:Inducement and Response," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 7626, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wsbook:7626

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    1. Sara Horrell & Jane Humphries, 2018. "Children’s work and Wages, 1270-1860," Oxford University Economic and Social History Series _163, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    2. Keith Sugden & Sebastian A.J. Keibek & Leigh Shaw-Taylor, "undated". "Adam Smith revisited: coal and the location of the woollen manufacture in England before mechanization, c. 1500-1820," Working Papers 33, Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge.
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    4. Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, 2016. "The great enrichment: a humanistic and social scientific account," Scandinavian Economic History Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 64(1), pages 6-18, March.

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    Natural Resource Endowment; Industrial Revolution; Regional Competition; Market Competition; Industrialisation; De-Industrialisation; Landed System; Bourgeois Values; Transport Investment; Technological Innovation; Network Advantages; The Enlightenment;

    JEL classification:

    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • N0 - Economic History - - General


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