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Duisburg revisited: The restructuring of an old steel town

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  • Ulrich Glassmann
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    This article examines the restructuring of an old German steel town: Duisburg. Although local enterprises remain highly competitive in steel making, the labour market has experienced an enormous decline. A recent development plan proposed a new concentration of logistics firms in Duisburg. Using a case-study approach, this article explains how this plan was implemented and evaluates its success. It can be shown that the new cluster performs well, but that growing employment in logistics cannot compensate job losses in iron and steel production. Nevertheless, public and private actors successfully departed from a sectorial logic of economic support and implemented a spatial policy approach. This was achieved by the regionalization of structural policies and a more general shift towards cluster politics on the level of the Land government.

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    Article provided by Rosenberg & Sellier Editori in Torino srl in its journal Sviluppo Locale.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2008-09)
    Issue (Month): 31 ()
    Pages: 39-68

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    Handle: RePEc:svi:sviloc:v:13:y:2008-09:i:31:p:39-68

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    Keywords: economy; structural policy; regional development;

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