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Industrial districts, social cohesion and economic decline in Italy

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  • Paolo Ramazzotti
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    The economic and social vitality of industrial districts (IDs) depends on the interaction between two major sub-systems: a community of people and a population of firms. A range of circumstances determined inconsistencies between the rationales of these two sub-systems. The emergence of leader firms that substitute the ID as coordinating instances and cost scrapping as a strategy that bypasses quality enhancement undermine the ID as a system. The paper contends that this outcome is not the only possible one. An alternative would require a regulatory--as opposed to merely permissive--action of public actors. Copyright The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Cambridge Political Economy Society. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Cambridge Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 955-974

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:34:y:2010:i:6:p:955-974

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    1. Marco Giansoldati & Rubens Pauluzzo, 2011. "The International Evolution of Italian and Chinese Districts: What Role for Lead Firms?," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 471-486, December.

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