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Virtual Issue: Industrial Districts

CAMECO 40 Years


Since its establishment in 1977, the Cambridge Journal of Economics has been a ground-breaker in the publication of historical, theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented papers on alternative forms of industrial organization. Important among these are local and regional productive systems. Although there is now a wide and multi-disciplinary literature focusing on how to analyse and explain such systems – aside from Alfred Marshall’s pioneering work on the English industrial districts of the 19th and 20th century – contemporary mainstream economics has largely ignored them (Schmitz 1999, p. 468).

This collection of articles has been put together to celebrate 40 years of the Cambridge Journal of Economics . Follow the links below to read the articles in full for free.







Introduction to the Virtual Special Issue on Industrial Districts: Co-operation and Industrial Organization
Sue Konzelmann and Frank Wilkinson

At the Origin of the Industrial District: Alfred Marshall and the Cambridge School
Fiorensa Belussi and Katia Caldari
CJE 2009, 33, 335-55

Productive Systems
Frank Wilkinson
CJE 1983, 7, 413-29

Towards a Competence Theory of the Region
Clive Lawson
CJE 1999, 23, 151-66

Collective Efficiency and Increasing Returns
Hubert Schmitz
CJE 1999, 23, 465-83

Trust, Interlinking Transactions and Credit in the Industrial District
Gabi Dei Ottati
CJE 1994, 18, 529-46

The Emilian Model: Productive Decentralisation and Social Integration
Sebastiano Brusco
CJE 1982, 6, 167-84

Labour Market Segmentation and Workers’ Careers: The Case of the Italian Knitwear Industry
Giovanni Solinas
CJE 1982, 6, 331-52

The Emergence of Technology Systems: Knowledge Production and Distribution in the Case of the Emilian Plastics District
Pier Paolo Patrucco
CJE 2005, 29, 37-56

Exit, Voice and the Evolution of Industrial Districts: The Case of the post-World War II Economic Development of Prato
Gabi Dei Ottati
CJE 2003, 27, 501-22

A Transnational Fast Fashion Industrial District: An Analysis of the Chinese Businesses in Prato
Gabi Dei Otatti
CJE 2014, 38, 1247-74

Spin-off and Clustering: A Return to the Marshallian District
Lucia Cusmano, Andrea Morrison and Enrico Pandolfo
CJE 2015, 39, 49-66

Policies for the Development of Knowledge-Intensive Local Production Systems
Fiorenza Belussi
CJE 1999, 23, 729-47

Industrial Districts, Social Cohesion and Economic Decline in Italy
Paulo Ramazzotti
CJE 2010, 34, 955-74

Post the “Washington Consensus”: Economic Governance and Industrial Strategies for the Twenty-first Century
Keith Cowling and Philip Tomlinson
CJE 2011, 35, 831-52

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