Research on new regionalism in Europe Syssner 2006 and a survey on regional

Research on new regionalism in europe syssner 2006

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Research on new regionalism in Europe (Syssner 2006) and a survey on regional partnerships in Sweden demonstrate that regional development models’ differ, and so do policies, regulations and practices targeting the worklife and social inclusion of M&EM (Andersson 2006). The project opens a new field of study examining, from a comparative EU- perspective, the role of local elites in regional development partnerships, their perceptions and practices related to M&EM. It places issues of belonging, cultural identity and social exclu- sion/inclusion on the agenda (Syssner 2006). In-depth studies of the EU structural funds and regional and local development agreements will be carried out in the Stockholm metropolitan area and the region of Östergötland with advanced clusters for education, entrepre- neurship and technical innovation (Etzkowitz and Klofsten 2005). The following questions are raised: How do regional administrative and economic elites perceive and implement principled policies for social inclusion of M&EM through development partnerhships? Are M&EM involved in planning and management? Are they represented among the elites? Document analysis and interviews are complemented by background analysis based on register data. The study is developed in cooperation with the Helix centre of Linköping University. 2.3.3. Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Diaspora Communities and Socioeconomic Development in Transnational Perspective Interdisciplinary research team: Erik Olsson, Zoran Slavnic, Branka Likic, Ali Osman, Catarina Lundquist, Ragnar Andersson and Susanne Urban in cooperation with Magnus Klofsten, Elisabeth Sundin and the LiU Helix centre. The project examines ethnic entrepreneurship (EE) and the social capital of diasporic communities in relation to strategies for regional and local development and inno- vation in Sweden and in selected countries of emigration. In line with propositions of international research on EE and ethnic businesses (EB) a leading concept will be ‘mixed embeddedness’ (Kloosterman and Rath 2001), referring to the interrelationship of actors and a complex institutional setting, including subsystems on local, na- tional as well as transnational levels of analysis. The project will draw on a complex research strategy applying participant observation, in depth interviews, document analysis, register based data and data from the REMESO CSN longitudinal survey (3.2). The study will benefit from research outcomes in project 2.1.4. The contemporary importance of EE can be related to changes in the global economy, which ‘partly favour small scale production, special dispersion, and pursuit of highly specialised niches in unstable competitive markets, such as certain forms of flexible production’ (Faist 2000: 265-266). This is often connected with global strategies for economic restructuring (Mitter 1986; Raes 2000) that bring back pre-industrial forms of labour exploitation into developed economies through vertical chains of subcontracting (Schierup, Hansen and Castles 2006, ch. 9). EEs are widely distributed in the areas of
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