Institutional Choices Under Globalisation
New Perspectives on the Modern Corporation series
Edited by Silvia Sacchetti and Roger Sugden
This book is part of an ongoing long-term project, which began in our minds about early 2005. It started as the exploration of an intuition about issues that, at that time, seemed to us to be relevant for understanding economic systems. Since then and the time of writing (early 2009), a number of significant changes have happened across economies and in our own, practical histories, and those changes have contributed to the shaping of the volume. Indeed, in certain respects we did not dare to disconnect the reflection about humans and their choices from an assessment of the significance of people’s practical experience, from the way in which – to quote Bertolucci – humans move through time in the practical and in the historical sense. The four years since the inception of the volume have enriched its final form with the perspectives of those who have experienced personal reflection and debate, at times in quite unusual contexts, about a common area of interest. As academics we have chosen to explore knowledge-related issues stemming from our background and from a specific concern for the governance of production activities and the development of localities. And with localities and the people within, we have started to interact in an original – or perhaps primeval – way: us looking at them and them looking at us, searching for what academia and other ‘publics’ had in common when conceiving choices about development. In particular, this was possible thanks to the First Biannual International Festival on Creativity and Economic Development,...