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Industrial Discrtricts and Waves of Industrialization: A Rich and Contested Terrain
Author/s: Marco Bellandi 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  27 Pg. 7-33 FullText PDF:  128 KB

The paper discusses Italian and international advances in industrial district studies using two explanatory tools. First, it distinguishes between ‘the’ industrial district as a set of models of industrial organization and local development and industrial ‘districts’ as empirical cases with close relations with the models. Second, it uses a historical frame to delineate three waves of industrialization in which industrial districts have performed a prominent role. Recent studies are classified according to their interpretations of these three waves. Reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of ‘the’ industrial district as an useful interpretative tool is a linking theme in the paper. Keywords: industrial district; clusters; local and regional industrialization and development. JEL-classification codes: L60, 014, R30, R58.

Marco Bellandi, in "SCIENZE REGIONALI " 2/2007, pp. 7-33, DOI:


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