Growth Pole Theory

Discipline: Economics

Rooted in the work of English economist and academic Sir William Petty (1623-1687), and associated with French economist François Perroux (1903-1987), growth pole theory refers to the grouping of industries around a central core of other industries whose actions act as a catalyst to growth in the area.

Although growth pole theory does not include geographical concentration of industries as part of its criteria, it has been applied to regional policy in Britain since the 1960s.

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