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The Associational EconomyFirms, Regions, and Innovation$
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Philip Cooke and Kevin Morgan

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290186.001.0001

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Emilia-Romagna: From Civic Culture to Global Networks

Emilia-Romagna: From Civic Culture to Global Networks

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The Associational Economy

Philip Cooke

Kevin Morgan

Oxford University Press

Although Emilia-Romagna is a rich region, it was not always so. It became so because of the willingness of its people to learn and change, to take advantage of an initial, long-established social endowment of an active civic culture and, in formal and informal ways, transform it into an engine for economic growth. Such associationalism and its successful deployment gave force to the insight that to understand the economic success of Italy, it is important to move beyond the national level of governance to the local and regional levels where the secrets of that success lie. The governance relationship between nation and region as it operates in Emilia-Romagna is the subject of this chapter. Moreover, attention is devoted particularly to the regional level of governance which, by comparison to the German case, is both relatively new and comparatively weak. The role of the Italian national system of innovation and its relationship with innovation within Emilia-Romagna is also explored.

Keywords:   associationalism, Italy, regional governance, civic culture

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