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Development Models and Logics of Socio-Economic Organization in Space

Objective

This project aims at improving the analysis of socio-economic development paths and models leading to the Knowledge Society. To this purpose, a new methodology will be designed and applied to case-studies in a variety of industrialised countries, regions and cities. The methodology will be comparative, historical and multi-dimensional. This last property in particular means that the new approach will look at the various dimensions of socio-economic development (capital accumulation, state regulation, socio-cultural dynamics, relationships among state and civil society and state and market, strategies for growth, development and social cohesion) over inter-connected spatial scales (local, regional, national and international level). The development of the new methodology and its detailed application to case-studies of socio-economic development will consist of 5 steps: 1) Reflection on the multi-dimensional character of socio-economic development and its analysis; 2) Survey of the theories of socio-economic development in all social science disciplines over the last 150 years; 3) Revalorising the results of the theoretical surveys by use of the 'institutionalism' debates in social science today: "Socio-economic development as an institutional process"; 4) Design of an empirical methodology to study socio-economic development as an ensemble of processes in which institutional dynamics play a decisive role; 5) Application of the methodology to case-studies in several countries, regions and cities in the Industrial Society, i.e. the development model preceding the Knowledge Society; and the development of a provisional typology of development models at articulated spatial scales. To disseminate the methodology and generate demonstration effects, a scientific conference and local workshops for various user groups (researchers, observatories of socio-economic developments in the private and public sector) will be organized at the end of the project.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-CITIZENS-2
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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
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University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA
Italy
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Via Zecca, 4
Reggio Calabria

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LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
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Bailrigg
Lancaster

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Italy
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Via Ostiense 161
Roma

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
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3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris 16

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WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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Augassse 2-6
Vienna

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THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSCIN SYSTEMS
United States
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4th Floor Aw Peterson Building 750 University Avenue
Madison

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HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
China
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Clear Water Bay Road
Kowloon

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