An increasing amount of work in many aspects of human geography is concerned with the effects caused by different types of institutions. Included in this book, originally published in 1982, is material from Britain, Ameican and Europe and it is shown that differences in institutional powers in these places, especially those vested in the State, relate directly to their own particular urban and environmental policies and problems. Each chapter, written by an expert on this subject, considers key institutions in a number of fields and draws conclusions about how this ‘institutionalist’ approach can be used by geographers.
1. Introduction: Institutional Approaches in Geography Tom Manion and Robin Flowerdew 2. Notes on an Institutionalism Approach to Geography: Two-Dimensional Man in a Two-Dimensional Society Stephen Gale 3. Institutions and Rural Development Gordon Clark 4. Institutions Affecting Environmental Policy Timothy O’Riordan 5. Environmental Policy and Industrial Location in the United States Keith Chapman 6. The Role of the State in Regional Development Thomas A. Clark 7. Institutional Effects on Internal Migration Robin Flowerdew 8. Residential Mortgage Patterns and Institutional Structures: Theory and Reality Peter Williams 9. The Local State and the Judiciary: Institutions in American Suburbia R. J. Johnston 10. Education, Institutions and the Local State in Britain Andrew Kirby