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Rethinking the industrial district: 35 years later

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  • Sforzi, Fabio

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The year 2014 marked a double anniversary: the 35th and 25th anniversaries of the publication of two seminal papers of Giacomo Becattini on the industrial district. The first paper (Becattini, 1979) conceptualizes the industrial district as a «unit of investigation», while the second (Becattini, 1989) conceptualizes the industrial district as a «model of production». Between the two papers there is a mutual dependence. The industrial district as a «model of production» deprived of the industrial district as a «unit of investigation» loses its originality as a way of interpreting economic change and becomes merely «one type of a cluster». This paper deals with the relationship between district and cluster, then also between the industrial district as a singular theoretical construct and the many industrial districts described by empirical investigations, and concludes with some remarks on the topicality of the industrial district.

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Volume (Year): (2015)
Issue (Month): 32 ()
Pages: 11-29

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Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0290
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  1. Gabi Dei Ottati, 2014. "A transnational fast fashion industrial district: an analysis of the Chinese businesses in Prato," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 38(5), pages 1247-1274.
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