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    Britain’s industrial evolution: the structuring role of economic theory

    Konzelmann, Suzanne J. and Fovargue-Davies, M. and Wilkinson, F. (2018) Britain’s industrial evolution: the structuring role of economic theory. Journal of Economic Issues 52 (1), pp. 1-30. ISSN 0021-3624.

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    This paper traces the co-evolution of industrial organization and the ideas and policies that have influenced Britain’s industrial development from Alfred Marshall’s pioneering work on the English industrial districts to the present. It then examines four contemporary districts – in footwear, motorsport, sparkling wine and cyber security – that are internationally competitive, despite decades of ill-informed policy choices, if not neglect. We then investigate the case of British elite sport as a high-performance industrial cluster with potentially transferrable institutional arrangements, particularly with regard to the nature and role of the strategic lead body and the state as well as relationships within the system. We conclude that Marshall’s methodological and theoretical approach to understanding industrial organization – and his belief that industrial districts would co-exist with other forms of industrial organization (rather than be super-ceded by them) – helps to explain the dynamism of contemporary British industrial districts, with important implications for Britain’s industrial revitalization.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sue Konzelmann
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 16:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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