The principal problem addressed by this research project focuses on the significance of (political and economic) actor networks in a region for the development of that region. Particular attention was paid to differentiating between the characteristics that productive networks have and what distinguishes counter-productive networks, which have become „cartels of the status quo“. In order to do this, a differentiation was made heuristically between „topic-oriented“ and „purpose-open“ networks and „regional“ was compared to „national networking“.
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