nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2005‒10‒08
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Inside the Black Box of ‘Industrial Atmosphere’: Knowledge and Information Networks in an Italian wine local system By Andrea Morrison
  2. Environment for the People By Elizabeth A. Stanton; James K. Boyce

  1. By: Andrea Morrison (SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont)
    Abstract: A well-grounded empirical and theoretical literature shows that local production systems can benefit from external economies generated by a shared ‘industrial atmosphere’. Many scholars would agree that in contexts as industrial districts, clusters and local systems, economic actions are strongly embedded in social and institutional factors. Nevertheless, many scholars would instead debate about the nature, boundaries and processes underpinning ‘industrial atmosphere’. This paper aims at contributing to this field of studies by entering into the black box of the ‘industrial atmosphere’ reconstructing the informal contacts underpinning collective learning in a local production system. The study is based on empirical evidence collected at firm level in a an Italian wine local system and uses methods of network analysis
    Date: 2005–07
  2. By: Elizabeth A. Stanton; James K. Boyce
    Abstract: Environment for the People, a joint publication of PERI and the Centre for Science and the Environment (CSE) in India, documents innovative strategies used by environmental activists around the world to build natural assets. In diverse landscapes, from Bangladesh's riverine delta to Somalia's arid uplands, communities are investing in ecological restoration. In ‘extractive reserves' in the Amazon rainforest, the defense of sustainable livelihoods goes hand-in-hand with defense of bio-diversity. In the Peruvian Andes, indigenous com-munities are fighting to protect their lands and water from the ravages of the mining industry. And in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to New Delhi, communities are mobilizing to defend the right to clean air. These and other inspiring cases profiled in Environment for the People illustrate that humankind does not face an inexorable ‘tradeoff' between protecting the natural environment and improving economic well-being. On the contrary, struggles for environmental protection and sustainable livelihoods are bound together.
    Date: 2005

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