This remarkable book outlines the historical framework and the main concepts of the literature on industrial districts. It illustrates a new approach to the study of industrial development, based on well-known industrial districts analysis.
Giacomo Becattini has written an authoritative volume which, starting with the theory of districts, explores key aspects of contemporary capitalism. The book concludes that industrial districts are not a provisory phenomenon but a variant of the capitalist mode of production, where financial relationships are relatively less important, and inter-human ones play an unusually important role. Such is the basis for their specific competitive advantage.
Academics, politicians and students interested in local development and also industrial development will find much to learn in Industrial Districts, as will industrial geographers and historians of industry and of economic thought.
The late Giacomo Becattini, formerly Professor of Political Economy, University of Florence, Italy
Contents: Foreword: An Invitation to Read by Brian Loasby Introduction Part I: From the `Sector' to the `District' 1. From the Industrial `Sector' to the Industrial `District': Some Remarks on the Conceptual Foundations of Industrial Economics 2. The Marshallian Industrial District as a Socioeconomic Notion 3. The Industrial District as a Creative Milieu 4. Local Systems and Global Markets (with Enzo Rullani) 5. From Marshallian to Italian `Industrial Districts': A Brief Critical Reconstruction 6. Measuring the `District Effect': Reflections on the Literature (with Francesco Musotti) Part II: Industrial Districts and Beyond 7. Thought and Places in the Works of Carlo Cattaneo 8. Industrial Sectors and Industrial Districts: Tools for Industrial Analysis 9. The Conditions of Local Development 10. Rural Identities and Globalisation (with Luigi Omodei Zorini) Bibliography Index