This study focuses on the main evolutionary dynamics which affected the Italian local employment systems (SLL) between 2001 and 2010, while examining their main economic and socio-demographic characteristics. The goal is to understand whether the reality of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies and their districts is truly heading towards an 'epochal decline', with a hierarchy of competitive advantages being established by urban contexts rather than by district or peripheral ones. Therefore, if the territory is still the protagonist of the events of local economies, and not a mere recipient, it makes sense to promote a territory-study perspective while dealing with the themes of economy and development in its multiple dimensions.
University of Florence, Italy
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