chapter  1
INTRODUCTION: INSTITUTIONAL APPROACHES IN GEOGRAPHY
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Whatisperhapsmoreoriginal,however,isto presentthestudyofinstitutionsasathemeof relevancetomuchorallofhumangeography.An advantageofsuchapresentationmaybetoencourage linksbetweenworkexploringinstitutionalthemesin differentsubstantivecontexts,sothat,forexample, geographersinterestedintheroleofinstitutions inurbangeographymayshareandprofitfromthe workofthosestudyinginstitutionaleffectson environmentalprotectionorland-usepatterns.In recentyearsmuchstresshasbeenplacedonthe benefitsofinter-disciplinarycontacts;perhaps thereisalsoaneedforgreatercontactbetweenthe differentpartsofthedisciplineofgeography.