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Clustering craftwork activities: An approach to promote regional development in a peripheral region of Portugal


  • Natário, Maria Manuela

    () (Instituto Politécnico da Guarda)

  • Braga, Ascensão


  • Rei, Constantino



Portugal’s globalization and integration had positive repercussionsat the economic and social development level, but simultaneously it evidencedregional asymmetries, demanding new explanatory models to lessen existent disparities.Recent paradigms value the endogenous characteristics of the territorythat appear decisive of the country’s development, including the idea that regionsand local agents should identify new kinds of production organization and relationships,thus enhancing clusters. Given that, in the Beira Interior Norte, craftworkactivities assume a relative economic and social importance, the purpose of thepresent paper is to verify whether this sector acquires the cluster classification inthe region and continuously characterized this classification while potential clusterpromote and develop economic and social factors.

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  • Natário, Maria Manuela & Braga, Ascensão & Rei, Constantino, 2011. "Clustering craftwork activities: An approach to promote regional development in a peripheral region of Portugal," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 19, pages 97-116.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0054

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    regional development; clusters; craftwork activities;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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