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Clusters and Globalisation

The Development of Urban and Regional Economies Edited by Christos Pitelis, Judge Business School and Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM), University of Cambridge, UK, Roger Sugden, University of British Columbia, Canada and James R. Wilson, Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain and Deusto Business School, Spain
Clusters and Globalisation brings together scholars with different perspectives and theoretical groundings, and from different disciplines, to consider conceptual arguments and case study material. In doing so the volume identifies key characteristics and requirements of the forms of cluster that are especially significant for the attainment of economic success in a globalising world.
In Association with L’Institute (Institute for Industrial Development Policy), Universities of Birmingham (UK), Ferrara (Italy), and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)
Extent: 336 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84376 675 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban Economics
Clustering as an economic policy concern has become increasingly fashionable. The authors of this book shed light on this subject of which there remains remarkably little understanding, and even less agreement, regarding what clusters are, what they require for success and what impacts they are likely to have in different contexts, locally, nationally and globally.

Clusters and Globalisation brings together scholars with different perspectives and theoretical groundings, and from different disciplines, to consider conceptual arguments and case study material. In doing so the volume identifies key characteristics and requirements of the forms of cluster that are especially significant for the attainment of economic success in a globalising world.

This unique critical analysis of clusters in the framework of globalisation will strongly appeal to students and academics with an interest in economic development, public policy and globalisation. The book will also be of great interest to researchers in policy agencies concerned with local economic development and the design of cluster policies.
‘This book offers a rich mix of conceptual perspectives that reflect the wide conceptual and theoretical interest in clusters. . . The book is a valuable contribution to the cluster debate, able to offer critical insights of interest for both academic researchers and economic development bodies concerned with the design of cluster policies.’
– Elvira Uyarra, Science and Public Policy
Contributors: M.J. Aranguren, M. Bellandi, J.R. Branston, L. De Propris, M.R. Di Tommaso, N. Driffield, C. Dupuy, J.-P. Gilly, N. Henry, M. Larrea, I. Navarro, D. Paci, M.D. Parrilli, J. Perrat, S. Pinch, C. Pitelis, A. Pseiridis, V. Pulignano, M. Quintana, L. Rubini, S. Sacchetti, S.O. Schweitzer, R. Sugden, P.R. Tomlinson, A. Torre, P. Wei, J.R. Wilson
Contents:

Foreword: Furthering the Aims and Objectives of L’institute
Roger Sugden and James R. Wilson

1. Introduction
Christos Pitelis, Roger Sugden and James R. Wilson

2. A Conceptual Framework for Firm Cooperation and Clusters, and their Impact on Productivity
Christos Pitelis and Anastasia Pseiridis

3. Clusters, Governance and the Development of Local Economies: A Framework for Case Studies
Roger Sugden, Ping Wei and James R. Wilson

Appendix: The Development of Local Economies and the Possible Impact of Public Policy: A Framework for Case Studies
J. Robert Branston, Lauretta Rubini, Silvia Sacchetti, Roger Sugden, Ping Wei and James R. Wilson

4. A Perspective on Clusters, Localities and Specific Public Goods
Marco Bellandi

5. Knowledge and Clusters
Nick Henry and Steven Pinch

6. FDI, Clusters and Knowledge Sourcing
Lisa De Propris and Nigel Driffield

7. The Institutional Dynamics at Work in Territories: Between Local Governance and Global Regulation
Jean-Pierre Gilly and Jacques Perrat

8. Local Clusters, Trust, Confidence and Proximity
Claude Dupuy and André Torre

9. Clustering of Productive Activities: A Terrain for Employment Relations
Miriam Quintana and Valeria Pulignano

10. Cluster Trajectories in Developing Countries: A Stage and Eclectic Approach Applied to Survival Clusters in Central America
Mario Davide Parrilli

11. Globalisation, Governance and Clusters: North Staffordshire Ceramic and Prato Textile Industries
Silvia Sacchetti and Philip R. Tomlinson

12. The Policy Process: Clusters versus Spatial Networks in the Basque Country
Mari Jose Aranguren, Miren Larrea and Itziar Navarro

13. Is Distance Dead? High-Tech Clusters, Analysis and Policy Perspectives
Marco R. Di Tommaso, Daniele Paci, Lauretta Rubini and Stuart O. Schweitzer

Index