Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen. 2012. Generalized Darwinism, group selection and evolutionary economic geography. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 56 (3): S. 129-146.




The paper contributes to the development of evolutionary economic geography in the following ways. First, it summarizes the conceptual building blocks of Generalized Darwinism (GD) and argues that an evolutionary theory based on GD encompasses and complements those based on the principle of emergence and path-dependence. Second, the paper discusses the notion of group selection considered important for rejecting methodological reductionism and developing a multi-level evolutionary theory that opens new opportunities for the application of GD in economic geography. Third, the paper shows how the meta-theoretical framework can be used to organize existing work in evolutionary economic geography, identify conceptual and empirical blind spots in current research, but also contribute to theory formulation and bridge currently disconnected subfields in economic geography more generally.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Generalized Darwinism, group selection and evolutionary economic geography
Volume 56
Number 3
Year 2012
Page from 129
Page to 146
DOI 10.1515/zfw.2012.0010


Essletzbichler, Jürgen (Details)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
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