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The life cycle of a metropolitan business network: Liverpool 1750-1810

Haggerty, J and Haggerty, S 2011, 'The life cycle of a metropolitan business network: Liverpool 1750-1810' , Explorations in Economic History, 48 (2) , pp. 189-206.

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Abstract

Recently historians have complicated their understanding of networks. In particular, they have started to assess the role of networks in civic and formal arenas. This paper posits a quantitative methodology for a more nuanced and sophisticated analysis of mercantile networks within this environment. It uses visual analytics of Liverpool’s business networks comprising political, trade, social and cultural institutions to assess their role in the changing social and economic climate during the period 1750–1810. This paper demonstrates the dynamic role of networks in the shaping of a metropolitan economy and the interplay between the two. In addition, it posits that as is the case for regional clusters, there is a life cycle of networks. In this way, we are able to see how the networks sustained, nurtured and transformed social and economic activity during this period.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Computer Networking & Telecommunications Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Explorations in Economic History
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0014-4983
Depositing User: J Haggerty
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 09:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:13
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18159

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