1st Edition

Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy

By Sami Moisio Copyright 2018
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Three readings of the knowledge-based economy: from economy to economization
    Chapter 3: Geopolitics and knowledge-based economization
    Chapter 4: Geopolitical discourses and objects of knowledge-based economization
    Chapter 5: On geopolitical subjects of knowledge-based economization
    Chapter 6: Higher education, geopolitical subject formation and knowledge-based economization
    Chapter 7: City geopolitics of knowledge-based economization
    Chapter 8: Coda: Geopolitics of the knowledge-based economy


    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.

    "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."