The idea that industry is not an adequate research unit in the analysis of development pol-icy is well known. It was present in the tradition of regional economists working on the concept of industrial complex, in Perroux’ theory of the pole of development, in Damhen’s definition of development blocks, and in the view of development put forward by Hirschman. Nevertheless, even if they have typified the development policies of many countries in the past decades, the notions of industrial complex and pole of development now seem less effective than the notion of industrial district. This notion, which emerged during the Eighties in the interpretation of the development of certain Italian regions, is gaining wide acceptance in the Anglo-American literature on development policies and in the literature investigating the “hybrid forms of organization” that are neither market, nor hierarchically coordinated. Comparing the notions of industrial complex and pole of development, this article intends to offer a preliminary outline of the conditions in which the notion of industrial district can become an effective tool for analysis and formulation of development policy.

“Units of investigation for local economic development policies” / Russo, Margherita. - In: ECONOMIE APPLIQUÉE. - ISSN 0013-0494. - STAMPA. - vol. XLIX, n. 1:(1996), pp. 85-118.

“Units of investigation for local economic development policies”

RUSSO, Margherita
1996

Abstract

The idea that industry is not an adequate research unit in the analysis of development pol-icy is well known. It was present in the tradition of regional economists working on the concept of industrial complex, in Perroux’ theory of the pole of development, in Damhen’s definition of development blocks, and in the view of development put forward by Hirschman. Nevertheless, even if they have typified the development policies of many countries in the past decades, the notions of industrial complex and pole of development now seem less effective than the notion of industrial district. This notion, which emerged during the Eighties in the interpretation of the development of certain Italian regions, is gaining wide acceptance in the Anglo-American literature on development policies and in the literature investigating the “hybrid forms of organization” that are neither market, nor hierarchically coordinated. Comparing the notions of industrial complex and pole of development, this article intends to offer a preliminary outline of the conditions in which the notion of industrial district can become an effective tool for analysis and formulation of development policy.
vol. XLIX, n. 1
85
118
“Units of investigation for local economic development policies” / Russo, Margherita. - In: ECONOMIE APPLIQUÉE. - ISSN 0013-0494. - STAMPA. - vol. XLIX, n. 1:(1996), pp. 85-118.
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