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Large Firms and Industrial Districts in Europe: Deregionalization, Re‐Regionalization, and the Transformation of Manufacturing Flexibility

Gary Herrigel

in Regions, Globalization, and the Knowledge-Based Economy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250011
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250014.003.0011
 Large Firms and Industrial Districts in Europe: Deregionalization, Re‐Regionalization, and the Transformation of Manufacturing Flexibility

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The current challenges to industrial districts in Europe are examined, and a range of possible scenarios is outlined for dealing with the situation. The main sections of the chapter address the following: varieties of industrial flexibility; deregionalization and re‐regionalization of production led by large firms; the long‐term viability of industrial districts such as Baden–Württemberg in Germany; and the role of regional governments and policy makers in offering assistance.

Keywords: Baden–Württemberg; deregionalization; Europe; Germany; industrial districts; large firms; regionalization; re‐regionalization; viability

Chapter.  7993 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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