The behavioural foundations of urban and regional development: culture, psychology and agency

Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2019. The behavioural foundations of urban and regional development: culture, psychology and agency. Journal of Economic Geography, 19 (1), pp. 121-146. ISSN 1468-2702

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Abstract

Urban and regional development theory is largely rooted in explanations based on the location, agglomeration and organisation of firms, industries and capital. Contemporary economic geography theory, however, is moving toward a (re)turn to addressing the role of
behaviour in determining urban and regional development outcomes. This paper focuses on the concepts of culture, personality psychology, and agency in order to understand how these behavioural factors interact and result in development differentials across cities and regions.
It is argued that individual and collective behaviour and human agency are based on a rationality that is spatially bounded. Furthermore, it is proposed that psychocultural
behavioural patterns provide a basis for understanding the type and nature of human agency within cities and regions. It is argued that such agency is one of the key rooted drivers of urban and regional development.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Economic Geography
Creators: Huggins, R. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: January 2019
Volume: 19
Number: 1
ISSN: 1468-2702
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1093/jeg/lbx040DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 01 Dec 2017 10:54
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 11:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32115

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