This book is intended as a tool to provide theoretical and practical insights in the issue of local economic development. Within the field of economic research, district-like development is considered a high road to development in a variety of contexts and an alternative to the low road of labour-intensive, low added-value production which is dominated by multinational corporations.
This book reflects this academic discussion, but it is also full of important ideas for practitioners, institutions and agencies (which regard, for example, technological development, the networking between small companies, the linking of local systems of small companies to global supply chains, etc.).
As such it identifies opportunities for innovative policies and for inter-regional cooperation.

Autore: Nicola Bellini-Elisa Giuliani-Carlo Pietrobelli-Roberta Rabellotti