In many European countries, economic growth has been characterised by the presence of deep regional imbalances and the Italian case is not an exception. This justifies the adoption of a regional approach in the study of the economic development to show the particular path to economic growth, according to its own advantages and opportunities on the one hand, and to its own peculiar obstacles and limits on the other hand. In general terms, some particular areas of Eastern Sicily seem to have been benefiting from a relatively dynamic agricoltural sector and from its own natural tendency to shipping business which have been the stimulus for the development of a modest, but not negligible, group of correlated industries. Since the second half of the 20th century, in these areas, the economic growth engines have been the pharmaceutical, chemical and electronic industries. The main objective of this paper is to analyse the role that local institutions have played for the development of such industries. The answer of this question is complex, but the paper provides some important clues. In particular, it points out the strong coexistence of economic and political interests although mixed in different proportions according to each case. This fact leads to our belief that no path to economic growth should be analysed without considering its geographic, economic and political context.

Insitutions and local development in Eastern Sicily during the 20th century

CASSAR, Silvana
2003

Abstract

In many European countries, economic growth has been characterised by the presence of deep regional imbalances and the Italian case is not an exception. This justifies the adoption of a regional approach in the study of the economic development to show the particular path to economic growth, according to its own advantages and opportunities on the one hand, and to its own peculiar obstacles and limits on the other hand. In general terms, some particular areas of Eastern Sicily seem to have been benefiting from a relatively dynamic agricoltural sector and from its own natural tendency to shipping business which have been the stimulus for the development of a modest, but not negligible, group of correlated industries. Since the second half of the 20th century, in these areas, the economic growth engines have been the pharmaceutical, chemical and electronic industries. The main objective of this paper is to analyse the role that local institutions have played for the development of such industries. The answer of this question is complex, but the paper provides some important clues. In particular, it points out the strong coexistence of economic and political interests although mixed in different proportions according to each case. This fact leads to our belief that no path to economic growth should be analysed without considering its geographic, economic and political context.
institutions; local development; Eastern Sicily; 20th century
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