Economic Globalization and Regional Penetration: The Failure of Networks in Baden-Wuerttemberg

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Andrew M Koch Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This paper explores the emergence of direct linkages between the international economy and the state government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In the early 1990s Baden-Württemberg embarked on a plan in which the laender government took the lead in organizing a large-scale, high technology project for the development of interactive television. Creating a `network' between itself and major economic actors the laender government sought to enhance the economic development of the region. However, as the economic actors involved in the project questioned the economic viability of interactive television, they began to withdraw from the project. The project's failure demonstrates the incompatibility of political objectives with the economic goals of actors in a globalized economy. We conclude that as attractive as the network approach may be for regional and national governments, it is likely to be successful only where both sets of actors see the outcome as enhancing their respective priorities (political legitimacy and economic gains).

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Koch, Andrew M. and Gerhard Fuchs. (2000) “Economic Globalization and Regional Penetration: The Failure of Networks in Baden-Württemberg” The European Journal of Political Research, 37 (1) [January 2000] Published by Wiley-Blackwell. The definitive version is available at DOI: 10.1023/A:1007061419588
Language: English
Date: 2000

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