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dc.contributor.authorGrillitsch, Markus
dc.contributor.authorAsheim, Bjørn Terje
dc.contributor.authorIsaksen, Arne
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Hjalti
dc.description.abstractHuman agency has become a core topic in economic geography complementing traditional, structural approaches to explain regional development. This paper contributes firstly with a discussion of the theoretical and conceptual relationships between the agency of individuals, organizations, and systems. Secondly, it proposes a novel analytical framework for studying how human agency, combined with external changes affects regional economic development, and how regionalstructural preconditions and external changes explain the activation of change agency. Thirdly, the relevance of the framework is examined through comparative studies of about 20 years of industrial development in three Norwegian regions. This illuminates the importance of human agency in regional transformation processes, how regional preconditions influence but not determine the activation of change agency, as well as why and how regional policy plays a role in the emergence of change agency. Yet, future research needs to investigate the context conditions, which promote or hinder the activation of change agency, to trace change in economic activities over time and link it to causal mechanisms, and to pay attention to the unintended consequences of change agency in the longer-term.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectHuman agencyen_US
dc.subjectRegional developmenten_US
dc.subjectStructural transformationen_US
dc.titleAdvancing the treatment of human agency in the analysis of regional economic development: Illustrated with three Norwegian casesen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Økonomi: 210en_US
dc.source.journalGrowth and Changeen_US

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