PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (6): 652-657.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.06.002

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A Review of the Research Progress on Industrial Cluster Formation from the Perspective of Evolutionary Economic Geography

LIU Zhigao1, YIN Yimei1,2, SUN Jing3   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. China Tourism Academy, Beijing 100005, China;
    3. Key Research Institute Of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development/College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan, China
  • Received:2010-07-01 Revised:2011-02-01 Online:2011-06-25 Published:2011-06-25

Abstract: Since the 1980s, industrial cluster as a new regional development model has gained increasing attentions from academic researchers and public policy-makers worldwide. In recent years, the investigation on the dynamics, the evolutionary path of industrial clusters from the evolutionary economic geography perspective has become one of the hot study issues. This paper describes the traditional explanations of industry cluster formation and the theoretical and methodological drawbacks, then reviews the research process of the formation of industrial clusters from the perspective of evolutionary economic geography, and finally points out some worth noting issues when the approach of evolutionary economic geography is applied to China's industrial clusters.

Key words: evolutionary economic geography, industrial cluster, literature review