The authors investigate the role of public policies in the field of local develop-ment and vocational training, in Emilia-Romagna Region. In particular, the focus is on the way in which these policies affect the nature of relationships and the be-havioral patterns between the local actors, like the institutions and the firms. The authors analyze the policy tools that aim to intensify the network of institutional relations and to increase the propensity to collective action, toward a new defini-tion of training as a collective driver for development. The analysis includes the feedback from local entrepreneurs. The methodology is qualitative. The analysis is built on administrative documentation produced by the Emilia-Romagna Region, interviews with public officials, in-depth interviews with HRM or CEO of local manufacturing firms.
Keywords: Public policies, local development, collective goods, vocational train-ing