A Handbook of Industrial Districts
Show Less

A Handbook of Industrial Districts

Edited by Giacomo Becattini, Marco Bellandi and Lisa De Propis

In this comprehensive original reference work, the editors have brought together an unrivalled group of distinguished scholars and practitioners to comment on the historical and contemporary role of industrial districts (IDs).
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 9: The Italian Revival of Industrial Districts and the Foundations of Political Economy

Renzo Bianchi


9. The Italian revival of industrial districts and the foundations of political economy Renzo Bianchi 1. Introduction Research carried out on industrial districts (IDs) by the Tuscan group of researchers headed by GiacomoBecattini has produced results that can be analysed from two complementary viewpoints. The first of these aims to highlight how the process, which stemmed from the urge to adequately interpret Tuscany’s development in the late post-war period, led these scholars to rediscover, in Marshall’s thought, the concept of the ‘ID’ in a context where the so-called standard approach to economic development was heading in a totally different direction. They also rendered this concept both more flexible and pertinent when attempting to understand the new efficient production units that were at the core of the industrial growth in Tuscany (and in other regions located in what came to be known as the ‘Third Italy’) at the time. The second viewpoint aims at explaining what motivated Becattini and the other scholars collaborating with him to concentrate on the phenomenon of IDs and to conduct in-depth studies on this enlarging field. With regard to the early studies on districts in Tuscany, there is a wealth of literature that refers to the research conducted initially by the Regional Institute for Economic Planning in Tuscany (Istituto Regionale Programmazione Economica Toscana, IRPET) and subsequently by a group of researchers coordinated by Braudel in his Prato. Storia di una città (Braudel 1986–97). In addition to this, there was a parallel and systematic study of...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.