Revised and Extended Second Edition
Edited by Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp
Chapter 2: Space, growth and development: a historical perspective and recent advances
After 50 years of existence, regional economics embraces a large number of approaches, theories and models for the interpretation of location choices and regional development trajectories. Assuming a historical perspective, this chapter aims to underline the way in which the notion of space and growth has developed in theories of regional economics, leading to a higher interpretative capacity of theories and models. The chapter covers all groups of theories belonging to regional economics: location theory, regional growth theories and local development theories. Advances in theoretical approaches are highlighted. Aspects that run counter to general beliefs emerge by reading the original contributions of well-known theoreticians, and are presented. Advanced in merging different theoretical approaches have been made over the past ten years, and are presented in the chapter.
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