Local economic development and cross-border networks

David K. Jesuit, Lawrence Sych

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to apply a model of regional networks and governance to cross-border cases for the purpose of identifying determinants that help local governments overcome barriers and promote interaction in border areas most susceptible to globalization realities, namely "old economy" manufacturing and industrial centers. It aims to draw together research from a variety of perspectives on regional networks and explore efforts by two local European communities and one local US community to respond to the challenges posed by the global economy by interviewing stakeholders in territories that have experienced significant deindustrialization. Design/methodology/approach: Interviews were conducted with local, regional and central government officials, as well as private sector actors, in the Italian region of the Marches and in the countries of Luxembourg and the USA. Findings: The study's preliminary findings show a range of networks across several arenas closely associated with economic development, but fail to show direct associations with economic development alone. The authors attribute this to the centrality of geographic space in development augmented by local competition and presence of the international border. Originality/value: The authors conclude by identifying a set of determinants that will guide future research into local networking in cross-border economic development and related arenas.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-482
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Aug 2012


    • Economic development
    • Italy
    • Luxembourg
    • Network organization
    • Public administration
    • United States of America


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