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Local Development and Competitiveness : GeoJournal Library - Sergio Conti

Local Development and Competitiveness

GeoJournal Library

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Published: 28th February 2001
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In recent years, the contemporary social sciences have again turned their attention to space and places. The hypothesis is that these are not accidental episodes but a full-blown revolution in the way of viewing economic processes and their links with social and cultural structures. In other words, this new sensitivity to places offers the possibility of rethinking issues typical of economics in a different perspective that might be defined as local development, one of the terms most (ab)used in the contemporary scientific and political debate.
In this book the authors will thus try to support more strongly, although in a necessarily simplified manner, the possibility of constructing a theory of local development. The key idea is that there is no single development model operating at a given time and valid for all places, but that it is more correct to talk of multiple development paths that co-exist in the same place at the same time (multiplicity of development paths). The central point is not to identify the succession of distinct hegemonic models (Fordism versus post-Fordism, mass production versus lean production and so on), but to show how the complexity of the contemporary economy demands new concepts to explain its apparent contradictions. In the authors' view, the conception of a theory of local development implies radical rethinking in institutionalist terms of the way of viewing the economy and production, recognising that behind economic development lies a wealth of institutional assets that make the encounter between local and global more open and varied than ever before (institutional biodiversity).

Illustrations
Preface
Space and technological dynamicsp. 3
Enterprise organisation, hierarchies, networks and competitive environmentsp. 35
The plural economyp. 65
Regional development and policies. The legacy of functionalismp. 89
The language of systemsp. 107
Competitiveness and development: from enterprise to placep. 133
Time, scales and local systems. Theoretical foundationsp. 157
The relational economy: networks, space and knowledgep. 187
The local value production system: empirical evidencep. 217
Conclusions
A story still to be toldp. 245
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780792368298
ISBN-10: 0792368290
Series: GeoJournal Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 28th February 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.32