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Transversality and Transition: Branching to New Regional Path Dependence

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  • Philip Cooke

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Since Paul David published his economic histories of path dependent innovation the subject has exerted fascination upon scholars of innovation, technological change and, latterly, regional scientists and economic geographers. This paper speaks to the third and fourth of these communities in the main, though it may have theoretical and empirical elements of interest to the first two as well. The paper begins with an overview of recent perspectives and critiques concerning the relevance of the path dependence concept to the understanding of regional economic development and its associated governance. It then goes on to discuss the contribution of evolutionary economic geography to thinking about ÔbranchingÕ from path dependence and the creation of new paths. Evidence for key generic spatial processes of path transition is provided before the main content of the paper concludes with new insights into the contributions of regional innovation policy to path evolution. Conclusions are then drawn.

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  • Philip Cooke, 2010. "Transversality and Transition: Branching to New Regional Path Dependence," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1010, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Sep 2010.
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    1. Gilly, Jean-Pierre & Kechidi, Med & Talbot, Damien, 2014. "Resilience of organisations and territories: The role of pivot firms," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 596-602.
    2. Porter, Julie, 2011. "Regional Economic Resilience and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: The Case of New Orleans' Tourism and Fishing Clusters," Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers 2011-12, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve.

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    Keywords

    regional path dependence; branching; transition; transversality;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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