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When history does not matter? The rise of Quebec’s wine industry

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer, David Doloreux, Richard Shearmur and Michaela Trippl

PEGIS from Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: This article contributes to the debate on new regional path development, proposing an analytical framework that accounts for new industries arising almost ex nihilo in places with weakly developed preconditions. The paper explores how seemingly adverse initial conditions can be translated into a new development path over time and casts light on the interplay between structure and agency in such settings. We find that new path development processes are not necessarily conditioned by past trajectories or by prior regional and technological capabilities, but can be initiated by forward-looking, entrepreneurial pioneers and consolidated by actors who develop the wider institutional and organizational structures to facilitate further growth of the new industry. We study the case of the wine industry in Southern Quebec, which emerged despite weakly developed preconditions and developed into a fully established, legitimized and supported path over the past forty years.

Keywords: path development; structure; agency; wine industry; Quebec (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-his and nep-ure
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