Journal article

External economies, agglomeration and flexible accumulation

NA Phelps

Transactions - Institute of British Geographers | JSTOR | Published : 1992

Abstract

The concept of external/agglomeration economies has held a central place within geographical accounts of the spatial concentration of economic activity since Weber's discussion of agglomeration. The concept is once again the centre-piece of influential accounts of the spatial organisation of production. This paper examines the internal consistency of the "flexible accumulation' thesis. It examines the macroeconomic logic to agglomeration within accounts of a new regime of accumulation. One influential account of the agglomeration of production is examined in the light of a brief review of the use of the concept of external/agglomeration economies within the geographical literature. The paper..

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