Europe. Reflections on Social Capital, Innovation and Regional Development

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Europe. Reflections on Social Capital, Innovation and Regional Development: The Ostuni Consensus

Praca zbiorowa pod red. Mikela Landabaso, Antoniego Kuklińskiego oraz Carlosa Romána. 235 stron formatu B5. Trzeci tom z serii: Recifer Eurofutures Publication Series REUPUS, wydany wspólnie przez WSB-NLU oraz Oficynę Wydawniczą "Rewasz". Całość w jęz. angielskim.

ISBN: 978-83-88421-51-8

Europe. Reflections on Social Capital, Innovation and Regional Development: The Ostuni Consensus

Praca zbiorowa pod red. Mikela Landabaso, Antoniego Kuklińskiego oraz Carlosa Romána. 235 stron formatu B5. Trzeci tom z serii: Recifer Eurofutures Publication Series REUPUS, wydany wspólnie przez WSB-NLU oraz Oficynę Wydawniczą "Rewasz". Całość w jęz. angielskim.

ISBN: 978-83-88421-51-8

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By Mikel Landabaso, EU Commission and part-time Professor at the Vrije Univesiteit Brussel, Antoni Kuklinski, Professor of the WSB-NLU and President of the Polish Association for the Club of Rome, and Carlos Román, Professor of the University of Seville.
After a bunch of academics and regional planners got together in Ostuni (Puglia, Italy) during the first week of July 2003 in a Summer School organised by the e-Business Management School—ISUFI and the University of Lecce in order to discuss and exchange on the contribution of social capital to regional economic development and innovation in the context of less favoured regions, we envisaged the idea of editing a book, with the contributions of participants and other authors willing to join the group. Invited authors were asked to summarize their thinking on the topic of social capital and its role in promoting development. These contributions make the chapters of this book. In all over twenty academics and policy makers from more than ten countries from Europe and the U.S.A. and from two international organizations, the OECD and the European Union, contributed to this effort that tries to draw a state of the art on the topic.
Some of the contributions have a more rigorous academic approach than others, which tend to use a more journalistic style. There are also clearly different opinions and distinctions in the way the issue is tackled in the different chapters, not least because of the mixture of planners with academics together. We have taken the view that given the tentative and prospective nature of this book all contributions could help in one way or the other to better understand issues related to the discussion on the economic development relevance of social capital and therefore we have taken them all on board with minimal interference in their edition.
The “Ostuni Declaration” enclosed in the last chapter of this book symbolises the consensus reached on this topic as well as it illustrates the limitations of our research efforts so far. The authors coincided in that building social capital, broadly understood as developing effective regional governance institutions and policies and more specifically, the ability to form and nourish appropriate networks and interactions among regional stakeholders, are all necessary conditions for a sustained and sustainable development path in less favoured regions. They also agreed that conventional economic theory and policy practice till now had underestimated the influence these intangibles may have on regional growth prospects. Moreover they all acknowledged our own limitations in understanding, measuring and using this concept and the difficulty experimented in influencing economic debate and policymaking with these notions.

Spis treści

  • Preface — KRZYSZTOF PAWŁOWSKI 
  • Intoduction — MIKEL LANDABASO, ANTONI KUKLIŃSKI, CARLOS ROMÁN
PART I
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MODELS, POLICY ISSUES AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
  • MARIO PEZZINI: Trends and policy challenges for OECD regions
  • A. MAIRATE: The reform of cohesion policy: old and new challenges
  • ANTONI KUKLIŃSKI: Towards a new model of regional policy
  • JEAN-MARIE ROUSSEAU: The social dimension: an essential factor in sustainable regional development
  • ANGEL ARBONIES: Viruses in Regional Development constrain creation of knowledge regions
  • BÉNÉDICTE MOUTON: Social capital for regional innovation promotion: empirical evidence from Innovative Actions of the European Regional Development Fund (1994–2003)
  • CARLOS ROMÁN: Why Social Capital? What Social Capital?
  • FRANK MOULAERT, JACQUES NUSSBAUMER: Regional Production and Reproduction: The Social Region Frank
PART II
SOCIAL CAPITAL, INNOVATION NETWORKS, CLUSTERS AND LEARNING REGIONS
  • MIKEL LANDABASO: The regional economic development relevance of social capital
  • MARIO MARINAZZO: Managing knowledge at local community level to enable social capital’s
    contribution to innovation
  • LYDIA GREUNZ: Knowledge spillovers innovation and social capital
  • KNUT KOSCHATZKY: Social capital and cooperation within innovation systems
  • EDWARD J. MALECKI: Networks, Knowledge and Capital: The Role of Hard and Soft Networks
    in Regional Development
  • RICHARD J. NUNES, MANUEL HEITOR, PEDRO CONCEIÇÃO: Technological Change and the
    challenges for Regional Development: building ‘social capital’ in less-favoured regions
  • PHIL COOKE: Social Capital, Embeddedness, and Regional Innovation
  • STUART ROSENFELD: The Social Imperatives of Clusters
  • SERGIO ARZENI, DINA IONESCU: Social Capital and Clusters of Enterprises: some essential
    questions
  • BJØRN ASHEIM: The Learning Firm in the Learning Region: Innovating through Cooperation
    and Social Capital Building
  • PAOLO PASIMENI: Social Capital, Culture and Innovation: a different perspective
  • “The Ostuni Consensus” 
POST SCRIPTUM
  • MIKEL LANDABASO: Post Scriptum one to the Volume
  • ANTONI KUKLIŃSKI: Post Scriptum two to the Volume
  • The Authors of the Volume 233