The Paradoxical Nature of Territorial Change: Science Parks and the Case of Trieste

  • Sandro Fabbro
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Despite the enormous difficulties arising during the establishment and development of a Science Park, and despite the numerous failed attempts (Castells and Hall, 1994), the appeals for ‘technopolitan’ policies continue unabated. The object of this report is not to question the reasons underlying this phenomenon, nor is it to judge its timeliness. The aim here is to show that the difficulties and failures of this policy may be due in part to over-simplistic conceptualisations of the territorial context in which they are located and an underestimation of the significance of self-organisation factors and autonomous local decision-making processes.


Science Park Scientific Pole Strategic Learning Paradoxical Nature Infrastructural Investment 
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