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About this book
This text examines two major themes: the strain placed on local economic cultures and economic networks in the Southern hemisphere and Eastern Europe by global deregulation; and the success rates of both novel, locally-rooted and more traditional economic structures in their attempts to adapt to deregulation. Contributions from a variety of authors combine a "flexible specialization in clusters" approach with original empirical data. An introduction and concluding chapter by the editors brings out the common issues and conclusions.
Introduction: Local Economies in Turmoil; A.Sverrisson & M.Pieter van Dijk - PART ONE: ENTERPRISES AND ENTERPRISE STRATEGIES - Adjusting to an Opening Economy: Three Industrial Clusters in Brazil; J.Meyer-Stamer - Social Embeddedness: Families and Firms in Tanzania; P.Trulsson - Financing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Eastern Europe; D.Revoltella - PART TWO: INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS AND NETWORKS - Structural Adjustment and Cluster Advantages: A Case from Peru; E.J.Visser - Innovation in Roof Tile and Copper Craft Clusters in Indonesia; H.Sandee & P.Rietveld - Light Engineering Networks and Structural Adjustment in Zimbabwe; C.M.Halimana & A.Sverrisson - PART THREE: THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT - A Macroperspective on Small Enterprise Growth in Southern Africa; P.O.Pedersen - Good Governance and Small Enterprises in Zimbabwe; M.P.van Dijk - Economic Cultures and Industrial Development in the South; A.Sverrisson - Conclusion: Research Issues after Structural Adjustment; A.Sverrisson & M.P.van Dijk - Index
ARNI SVERRISSON is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Stockholm. He is author of Evolutionary Technical Change and Flexible Mechanization: Entrepreneurship and Industrialization in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and edited Social Movements in Development: The Challenge of Globalization and Democratization (with Staffan Lindberg). In addition, he has published a large number of reports and articles on technological change in small enterprise networks, sustainable technology, digital image technologies and social network theory, which remain his main research interests. - MEINE PIETER VAN DIJK is Associate Professor at the Economic Faculty of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the Institute for Housing and Urban Studies in Rotterdam. He is author of Burkina-Faso: le secteur informel de Ouagadougou. He edited Enterprise Clusters and Networks in Developing Countries (with R.Rabellotti) and Multilateralism versus Regionalism: Trade Issues after the Uruguay Round (with Sandro Sideri). He has in addition published a large number of books, articles and reports on development issues. His current research interests include enterprise clusters in developing countries, the problems of women entrepreneurs and the development of urban infrastructure.