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Local Development and Competitiveness

  • Sergio Conti
  • Paolo Giaccaria

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 3-34
    3. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 65-88
    4. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 89-106
    5. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 107-129
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 133-155
    3. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 157-186
    4. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 187-215
    5. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 217-242
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Sergio Conti, Paolo Giaccaria
      Pages 245-253
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-282

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, the contemporary social sciences have again turned their attention to space and places. The hypothesis is that these are not accidental episodes but a full-blown revolution in the way of viewing economic processes and their links with social and cultural structures. In other words, this new sensitivity to places offers the possibility of rethinking issues typical of economics in a different perspective that might be defined as local development, one of the terms most (ab)used in the contemporary scientific and political debate.
In this book the authors will thus try to support more strongly, although in a necessarily simplified manner, the possibility of constructing a theory of local development. The key idea is that there is no single development model operating at a given time and valid for all places, but that it is more correct to talk of multiple development paths that co-exist in the same place at the same time (multiplicity of development paths). The central point is not to identify the succession of distinct hegemonic models (Fordism versus post-Fordism, mass production versus lean production and so on), but to show how the complexity of the contemporary economy demands new concepts to explain its apparent contradictions. In the authors' view, the conception of a theory of local development implies radical rethinking in institutionalist terms of the way of viewing the economy and production, recognising that behind economic development lies a wealth of institutional assets that make the encounter between local and global more open and varied than ever before (institutional biodiversity).

Keywords

Economic Development competitiveness development evolution lean production organization production

Authors and affiliations

  • Sergio Conti
    • 1
  • Paolo Giaccaria
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento Interateneo TerritorioUniversity of TurinTorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2101-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5659-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2101-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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