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Abstract

This study explores the potential of the new technologies for local development and the prospects for the less favoured regions of the European Community in the technological era. Ten experiments were studied in Ireland, the whole of which is a less favoured region and these were complemented by 12 case-studies in Emilia - Romagna, a region of Italy which is relatively developed, though not among the most favoured regions of the Community. The experiments were chosen to lead to reflections on the potential and problems for less favoured regions in the era of microelectronics, informatics and communication technologies, the prospect of biotechnological innovation and new renewable energies in rural areas and the promotion of innovation. Factors in weak integration between the goals of the managers of world technologies and the needs of local less favoured regionz are analysed. The principle of positive subsidiarity contained in the European Parliament's draft treaty is elaborated to provide a basis for both European integration and nation-building in Europe and for the enhancement of world economic growth. Scenarios for the mobilization of human resources for innovation and the role of intervention by national and regional authorities are developed.

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Authors: WARD C K SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND), SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10938 EN (1987) FS, 267 P., BFR 900, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
Availability: Can be ordered online
Record Number: 1989125070800 / Last updated on: 1987-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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