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I would like to acknowledge the support of my colleagues in the Departments of Economics and Geography at the University of Reading, during the period in which this book took shape. In particular, I extend my thanks to Abi Swinburn for all of her help in the latter stages of compiling the manuscript. Half of the book was also written while I was at the Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. I am very grateful to Masayuki Doi and Noboru Sakashita for giving me the time and space to pursue my own writing. The book has benefited from the many discussions I have had with a wide range of people and I am grateful to each of them for their insights. I would like to thank the staff of Oxford University Press for their commitment to this book and their skilled assistance. Finally, I would like to thank my wife Clare without whose continuing encouragement, love, and support this book would not have been written. (...) All economic phenomena take place within geographical space. Economic issues invariably involve either questions concerning the place specificity of particular activities, or alternatively questions relating to the overcoming of space and geographical distance. For example, all commodities are traded at various market locations. However, in order to reach the appropriate market locations, goods have to be transported and delivered across space. Similarly, service activities take place at particular locations, and the information required …
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