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Industrial districts, social cohesion and economic decline in Italy


  • Paolo Ramazzotti


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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  • Paolo Ramazzotti, 2010. "Industrial districts, social cohesion and economic decline in Italy," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 34(6), pages 955-974.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:34:y:2010:i:6:p:955-974

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    1. Paolo Ramazzotti, 2014. "Technocratic Consensus, Institutional Change and Questionable Ends. Remarks on Italy's Economic Policy," Working Papers 77-2014, Macerata University, Department of Finance and Economic Sciences, revised Dec 2015.
    2. Valentina De Marchi & Riccardo Voltani, 2014. "Aziende distrettuali e non distrettuali a confronto: le performance nel settore orafo italiano," ECONOMIA E SOCIETÀ REGIONALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(1), pages 163-186.
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