A Theoretical and Empirical Approach to the Fuzzy Concept of Creativity: Richard Florida’s Arguments Reconsidered
The Book Series “Structural Changeand Structural Policies”
The Book Series “Structural Change and Structural Policies” “Structural change”, and particularly “global” structural change, is a ubiquitous and top- ical issue. Indeed, it is the phenomenon that reﬂects the dynamics and complex evolution of the economy most immediately and comprehensively—and, in turn, is at the basis of economic growth and evolution. Also, economic policy has become much more “structural policy”, or better: a whole spread of “structural policies”, in recent decades, rather than just aggregate or macro management. Viewed statically and statistically, “structure” and “structural change” mirror socio- economic phenomena simply at a “middle” range of aggregation: Industries, sectors, branches, industrial-spatial clusters and ﬁrm networks, furthermore regions, and, ﬁnally, statistical size ranges of ﬁrms (the class of mini and “micro” units, including spin-oﬀs or new ﬁrm start-ups, further the renowned “small and medium-sized ﬁrms” group or layer, up to the large companies and the “transnational corporations”, another research area of its own). Corresponding structural policies would comprise industrial policies, including nowadays a broad support for start-ups and “entrepreneurship”, cluster- and network - oriented development strategies as well as related innovation policy and some “human capital” development policy. They also contain regional policies, again today mostly cluster- and network-based, sometimes aiming at spatially even living conditions and re- gional convergence, sometimes aiming at strengthening the strong metropolitan growth centres (mostly pursuing both of these contradictory objectives at a time, though). Viewed dynamically, or better: in an evolutionary complexity perspective of an economic systems under scrutiny, structural change...
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