The School starts with analysis of theoretical foundations for industrial development policy that is rooted in a strategic choice approach to governance, economic organisation and development. These foundations will then be explored in a series of applications focussed on strategic failure, enterprise governance in different types of firms and organisations, foreign direct investment, and experiences from Europe (in particular UK and the Nordic countries), Asia and Latin America. Throughout the School the specific topics focussed upon will include:
• Economic development (of regions and nations) based on localities
• Networking within and across countries
• Multinationalism and transnationalism
• The role of smaller firms and of large firms, including transnational corporations and state enterprises
• Clustering of firms
• Economic (political and social) democracy in the determination of production strategy
To conclude the School, participants will join a one-day Research Workshop on Industrial Development Policy. This will bring together participants from around the world, including alumni of previous Schools, to analyse and discuss issues of public policy and the development of economies. Participants at the School who are relatively advanced in their research may have the opportunity to present their work at the workshop.
The School takes place at Åbo Akademi University, Department of Economics and Statistics, Turku, Finland on 15th - 21st September 2008. It is co-ordinated and organised by DARE (Democratic Communities in Academic Research on Economic Development, a community of international faculty focused on enhancing theoretical and policy understanding around democratic economic development. The School has a ten year history, having evolved from the L’institute-Ferrara Graduate School, which took place in Ferrara, Italy from 1998 to 2005. Its location now moves each year to be hosted by alumni of previous schools. In 2006 it was held in Bath, UK, and in 2007 in Reus, Spain.
The deadline for applications is Friday 30th May 2008.
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