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Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy

1st Edition

By Sami Moisio


182 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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We live in the era of the knowledge-based economy, and this has major implications for the ways in which states, cities and even supranational political units are spatially planned, governed and developed. In this book, Sami Moisio delves deeply into the links between the knowledge-based economy and geopolitics, examining a wide range of themes, including city geopolitics and the university as a geopolitical site. Overall, this work shows that knowledge-based "economization" can be understood as a geopolitical process that produces territories of wealth, security, power and belonging.

This book will prove enlightening to students, researchers and policymakers in the fields of human geography, urban studies, spatial planning, political science and international relations.


"Moisio’s empirical curiosity – to say nothing of his theoretical depth along with a mature representation of multiple literatures – allows him to integrate a potentially complex universe of topics and concerns without reducing the overall portrait into a blur of colours sometimes generated by advocates of ‘assemblage’ thinking."

"Moisio is not only offering a fresh reading – an advanced reinterpretation – of the knowledge-based economy; he is offering a fresh reading of geopolitics itself […] As he puts it in chapter 1, what we need is a new ‘political geography of economic geographies’ "

"Moisio’s book ultimately helps us to consider future research projects and policy efforts focused on the socio-economic conditions that crack and divide rather than bind and unite. A very fine scholarly effort indeed – and well deserving of a wide readership."

- Yonn Dierwechter (2018): Geopolitics of the knowledge-based economy, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, DOI: 10.1080/04353684.2018.1558865

"The book is compact and complex: in 182 pages Geopolitics of the Knowledge-based Economy presents a compelling interpretation on how space, economy and politics intertwine in the early 21st Century, and how a particular economic imaginary has become central in exercising social power through manipulating expectations on the future."

- Heikki Sirvio, Society and Space.

"This book could be a starting point for anyone interested in going deeper into the meaning of the knowledge society. Its eight chapters aim to unmask and clarify the geopolitics of knowledge-based economies."

"Overall, the book is an important starting point not only for researchers but also for economics and geography students, as well as policy-makers who want to delve deeply into the meaning and consequences of the knowledge-based economy and the politics needed to enhance knowledge societies."

- Igone Porto Gomez (2018) Geopolitics of the knowledge-based economy, Regional Studies, 52:12, 1720-1721, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2018.1529776

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Conceptualizing the knowledge-based society assemblage 3. Geopolitics of Michael Porter’s The Competitive Advantage of Nations 4. Geopolitics of creativity: beyond the cartographic understanding of state space 5. The geopolitics of higher education and the figure of "global engineer" 6. Assembling the the EU as a knowledge-based society 7. Coda

About the Author

Sami Moisio is Professor of Spatial Planning and Policy in the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include political geographies of Europeanization, state spatial transformation and urban political geographies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development