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Moving Eastwards While Remaining Embedded: The Case of the Marche Footwear District, Italy

Eleonora Cutrini ()

European Planning Studies, 2010, vol. 19, issue 6, 991-1019

Abstract: This article contributes to the knowledge about the evolution of industrial districts specialized in traditional manufacturing industries as a result of internationalization processes. On the basis of a longitudinal field study, the article describes the change in firms' delocalization that occurred in one of the main fashion-led Italian footwear districts during the period 2001--2009. After the well-known preferential destination towards Central and Eastern Europe, a second, more recent wave of delocalization over long distances is reported. Despite intensified delocalization, subcontracting relationships remain deeply embedded, and the updated evidence indicates a possible homecoming to the original area.

Date: 2010
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