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Changing Governance of Local Economies: Responses of European Local Production Systems

Colin Crouch, Patrick Le Galès, Carlo Trigilia, and Helmut Voelzkow


This book features case studies on national patterns of local production systems, focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK. It is divided into three parts. Part I analyses the two cases that dominated the initial, 1980s industrial district literature: Emilia-Romagna and Baden Wurttemberg; and the machinery industry. Part II focuses on pre-crisis, large-firm, Fordist specialization. Part III presents examples of new industries where SME clusters are important: the biopharmaceutical industries around Oxford, the media sector in Cologne, informa ... More

Keywords: SMEs, local production systems, France, Germany, Italy, UK, case studies, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199259402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Crouch, editor
Chairman of the Department of Political and Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence
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Patrick Le Galès, editor
Senior Researcher at CEVIFOP-CNRS, Paris

Carlo Trigilia, editor
Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Florence
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