The role of individual and collective actors in the innovation of a local development policy

Author/s Crsitina Tajani
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/118
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 145-157 File size 278 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2010-118010
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The article analyses the role played by different actors involved in the process of creating a technology district to the east of Milan. The process began during the management of a corporate crisis which turned out to be an opportunity to revitalise the area’s industrial vocation. As a result, through the promotion of a network between firms and local bodies, a "technology pole" was created on an area already recognized by the Lombardy regional government as a hi-tech district. The article investigates the context variables (functioning as resources and/or constraints) and the characteristics of the actors involved (distinguished on the basis of their relational, cognitive, organizational and material resources) that transformed a corporate crisis into a "window of opportunity" for the set up of a local development project. The corporate decision to relocate upset the previous balance and opened spaces for action by a pool of actors that, interpreting the characteristics of the situation and the context in their own ways, "saw" a solution different from that initially envisaged by the company (closure of the site).

Keywords: Local development, innovation, actors, policies, district, network

Crsitina Tajani, Il ruolo degli attori nell’innovazione delle politiche per lo sviluppo locale: uno studio di caso di un distretto lombardo in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 118/2010, pp 145-157, DOI: 10.3280/SL2010-118010