Modeling Economic Geographies
The traditional location models introduced in Chapter 2 are clearly dated in the sense that, like all theories and models, they reﬂect the contexts in which they were originally developed. Yet concepts and models commonly travel between diﬀerent contexts and in the 1950s and 1960s a small group of economic geographers and academics working in related ﬁelds adopted the work of the German location theorists and began to apply their models and frameworks to a series of new and, in some ways, quite diﬀerent geographical settings. The resulting new spatial models had a dramatic impact on the ﬁeld of economic geography. Not only did the location models signal new topics and concerns but also a wholesale shift in the methods adopted by economic geographers and indeed in the whole style of academic research.