The Relational Economy: Geographies of the Knowledge Economy by Harald Bathelt

The Relational Economy: Geographies of the Knowledge Economy

byHarald Bathelt, Johannes Gluckler

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How are firms, networks of firms, and production systems organized and how does this organization vary from place to place? What are the new geographies emerging from the need to create, access, and share knowledge, and sustain competitiveness? In what ways are local clusters and globalexchange relations intertwined and co-constituted? What are the impacts of global changes in technology, demand, and competition on the organization of production, and how do these effects vary between communities, regions, and nations?This book synthesizes theories from across the social sciences with empirical research and case studies in order to answer these questions and to demonstrate how people and firms organize economic action and interaction across local, national, and global flows of knowledge and innovation. It isstructured in four clear parts:* Part I: Foundations of Relational Thinking* Part II: Relational Clusters of Knowledge* Part III: Knowledge Circulation Across Territories* Part IV: Toward a Relational Economic Policy?The book employs a novel relational framework, which recognizes values, interpretative frameworks, and decision-making practices as subject to the contextuality of the social institutions that characterize the relationships between the human agents. It will be a valuable resource for academics,researchers, and graduate students across the social sciences, and practitioners in clusters policy.

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Harald Bathelt is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he holds the Senior Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Governance. He received his PhD and Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) at the University of Giessen, Germany. Previously he was Professor of Economic Geography at t...
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Title:The Relational Economy: Geographies of the Knowledge EconomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:August 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199587396

ISBN - 13:9780199587391

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Part I: Foundations of Relational Thinking1. Introduction2. Relational Action in a Spatial Perspective3. Structure, Agency, and Institutions4. Knowledge as a Relational ResourcePart II: Relational Clusters of Knowledge5. Know-How and Industrial Clusters6. Know-Who and Urban Service Clusters7. Local Buzz and Global PipelinesPart III: Knowledge Circulation Across Territories8. A Relational Theory of Firm Internationalization9. From Permanent to Temporary Clusters10. Global Knowledge Flows in Corporate NetworksPart IV: Toward a Relational Economic Policy?11. Consequences for Relational Policies