Industrial Districts in History and the Developing World

  • Tomoko Hashino
  • Keijiro Otsuka

Part of the Studies in Economic History book series (SEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tomoko Hashino, Keijiro Otsuka
      Pages 3-12
    3. Tetsushi Sonobe, Keijiro Otsuka, Tomoko Hashino
      Pages 13-21
  3. Pivotal Role of Technology Transfer

  4. Central Role of Producer Cooperatives

  5. Supporting Role of Local Government

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book


This book sheds new light on the role of industrial districts in the industrial development of the past and present. Industrial districts, which refer to the geographical concentration of enterprises producing similar or closely related commodities in a small area, play a significant role in the development of manufacturing industries not only historically in Europe and Japan but also at present in emerging East Asian economies, such as China and Vietnam and low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The book identifies similarities in the development patterns of industrial districts in history and the present and analyzes the reasons for these similarities. More specifically, the book examines whether Marshallian agglomeration economies provide sufficient explanations and seeks to deepen understanding about the important factors that are missing.

Despite the common issues addressed by economic historians and development economists regarding the advantages of industrial districts for industrial development, discussion of these issues between the two groups of researchers has been largely absent, or at best weak. The purpose of this book is to integrate the results of case studies by economic historians interested in France, Spain, and Japan and those by development economists interested in the contemporary industries still developing in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 


Industrial districts Technology transfer Innovation Collective action Social, human, and kinship networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomoko Hashino
    • 1
  • Keijiro Otsuka
    • 2
  1. 1.Kobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Kobe UniversityKobeJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0181-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0182-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-1797
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-1800
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