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Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance

Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance

Directions for the Sustainable Development and Competitiveness of Regions

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson and Roger R. Stough

This book highlights the role of entrepreneurship, social capital and governance for regional economic development. In recent decades, many researchers have claimed that entrepreneurship is the most critical factor in sustaining regional economic growth. However, most entrepreneurship research is undertaken without considering the fundamental importance of the regional context. Other research has emphasized the role of social capital but there are substantial problems in empirically relating measures of social capital to regional economic development.

Chapter 16: Local alternative development through a time-spatial lens: a case study of Ydre inspired by Hägerstrand

Per Assmo and Elin Wihlborg

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


In the contemporary market-oriented society, we seem to be more globally interdependent. The market economy system enhances large-scale production where search for increased productivity strives to ‘compress’ time. At the same time, the market economy tends to expand in space, for example sells products over longer distances. A result of this ‘space expansion’ and ‘time compression’ through the conventional economic market system is that local small-scale production and trade have increasing difficulty in competing and surviving (Assmo and Wihlborg, 2007). Even so, conventional economic growth (valued in monetary terms) is commonly seen as the only way to cure any development problem arising from poverty, unemployment, crime, pollution and depletion of natural resources. In a provocative manner similar to Daly (1992), one can argue that this conventional monetary valued growth perspective is trapped in a terminal state of ‘growthmania’. People’s organization of daily activities to improve or sustain their livelihood is much more than what is generally calculated and thereby shown in monetary values.

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