The Elgar Companion to Social Economics, Second Edition
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The Elgar Companion to Social Economics, Second Edition

Edited by John B. Davis and Wilfred Dolfsma

Social economics is a dynamic and growing field that emphasizes the key roles social values play in the economy and economic life. This second edition of the Elgar Companion to Social Economics revises all chapters from the first edition, and adds important new chapters to reflect the expansion and development of social economics. The expert contributions explain a wide range of recent developments across different subject areas and topics in the field, mapping out possible directions of future social economic research. Social economics treats the economy and economics as embedded in a web of social and ethical relationships. It considers economics and ethics as essentially connected, and adds values such as justice, fairness, dignity, well-being, freedom, and equality to the standard emphasis on efficiency. This book will be a leading resource and guide to social economics for many years to come.
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Chapter 38: Analysing regional development: from territorial innovation to path-dependent geography

Frank Moulaert and Abid Mehmood


With the rise (or the ‘return’?) of ‘Regionalism’, the study of regional development and policy has once again become a major focus in social science spatial analysis. To benefit fully from the long tradition of research in this field (say starting with the German historical school in the nineteenth century), an equilibrated use of ‘old’ and ‘new’ epistemological stances and of ‘back to basics’ regional analysis is needed – the latter being a plea by Lovering (2001). Over the last 20 years regional development has been addressed mainly through the bird’s-eye view of territorial and especially regional innovation models, the spearheads of the so-called ‘new regionalism’ movement. These models, discussed in section 2 as Territorial Innovation Models (TIMs) (a generic or family name for industrial district, milieu innovateur, learning region, among others; see section 2 for details), were a significant advance on neoclassical regional growth analysis because they enabled the filling of the ‘black box’ – the institutional dynamics of development – traditionally left untouched by neoclassical economics. However, territorial innovation models go only half-way in solving the analytical problems in regional development and policy analysis.

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