Cities in Contemporary Europe by Arnaldo Bagnasco

By Arnaldo Bagnasco

Ecu towns are on the heart of social, political and fiscal alterations in Western Europe. This e-book develops a brand new analytical framework in city sociology and politics, and examines the economics of towns, their social buildings, and the modes and strategies of governance. every one bankruptcy contains a comparability throughout numerous nations and examines seriously the book's valuable theoretical viewpoint. this isn't a booklet in regards to the making of a Europe of towns yet particularly approximately how a few towns can reap the benefits of their altering international and eu surroundings.

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Merchandise circulates more and more easily. Technology, on the other hand, which in earlier phases of mass production may well have appeared to be easily accessible and transferable (insofar as this was understood to mean relatively simple machine technology) has become markedly territory-based, because the essential technological elements are now incorporated not in machines but in human capability. Furthermore, it needs to be stressed that the function of human capability in the area of competition has to do not only with ‘non-industrial’ sectors but with manufacturing sectors and more generally with any activity involving highly integrated and specialised automated systems.

4 For a shrewd commentary on these points, see R. Sennett’s fine book (1992, French edition). 5 By way of example, the application of Sassen’s model to Paris and London has provoked an interesting debate. C. Hamnett (1995), E. Preteceille (1996) and P. Veltz (1996) have variously produced economic or social arguments or shown the role of government and the welfare state in shaping cities – arguments which function differently for the United States and for Europe. e. not the mezzogiorno or the industrial north-west.

In other words, competitiveness results more and more directly from ‘relational’ impact, which is not easy to programme or quantify, and less and less from the traditional one of ‘productivity’, obtained through the intensification of tasks or activities considered in isolation. This has opened the way for a whole range of experimentation, going far beyond the adoption (particularly in the motor industry) of the Japanese principle of ‘lean’ production, which in itself might be regarded as the final manifestation of traditional Fordist organisation.

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