Firms, Governance, and Development in Industrial Districts

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Firms, governance and development in industrial districts. Regional Studies. This paper explores the link between local governance structures and the ability of local firms to influence the strategic direction (and future development) of their industrial district. In doing so, it utilizes unique survey data from two British industrial districts to examine, first, the extent to which local firms shape local industrial development strategies and, second, the institutional conduits through which their influence is exercised. The empirical results suggest a role for (local) business associations, the building of reciprocal networks among firms, social capital and more heterarchical governance structures to enhance firm engagement in local initiatives and industrial development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1410-1422
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number10
Early online date12 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Local Governance
  • Industrial Districts
  • Development
  • Business Associations
  • Networks
  • Social Capital
  • UK
  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery


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