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A theory on the co-evolution of seaports with application to container terminal development in the Rhine-Scheldt Delta

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  • Wouter Jacobs

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  • Theo Notteboom

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How do seaports evolve in relation to each other? Recent studies in port economics and transport geography focused on how supply chain integration has structurally changed the competitive landscape in which individual ports and port actors operate. Port regionalization has been addressed as the corresponding new phase in the spatial and functional evolution of port systems. However, these studies lack theoretical foundations that allow us to empirically assess both the role of the institutional context and of strategic agency in the competitive (spatial and functional) evolution of regional (integrated) port systems. The paper presents a theoretical framework to analyze and understand the co- evolution of seaports in a regional context by making use of the concept of windows of opportunity. The empirical part will unravel the role of seaport-based co-evolution in the processes aimed at positioning market players and ports on the container scene in the Rhine-Scheldt Delta.

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  • Wouter Jacobs & Theo Notteboom, 2010. "A theory on the co-evolution of seaports with application to container terminal development in the Rhine-Scheldt Delta," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1003, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Feb 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1003
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    Keywords

    co-evolution; seaports; regionalization; institutions; economic geography;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General

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