Trinity of change agency, regional development paths and opportunity spaces

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The study of regional growth paths is a key theme in economic geography and of elemental interest for regional development. This paper addresses the interplay between path-dependent, structural forces and the construction and utilization of opportunities through agentic processes. Extending the evolutionary framework, it is argued that not only history but also perceived futures influence agentic processes in the present and thus shape regional development paths. The paper discusses the relevance and interdependencies of three types of agency with distinct theoretical roots, namely Schumpeterian innovative entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship and place-based leadership, as main drivers of regional structural change.


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  • University of Tampere
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  • Human Geography


  • agency, evolutionary theory, opportunity space, path-dependency, regional development, regional growth, regional structural change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-723
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number4
Early online date2019 Jun 13
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1
Publication categoryResearch

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