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Development Models and Logics of Socio-Economic Organization in Space

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.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

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6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Frank MOULAERT (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA

Italy

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSCIN SYSTEMS

United States

HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

China

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505462

  • Start date

    1 May 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 202 742

  • EU contribution

    € 1 050 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom