The aim of this paper is a reflection on the role of space in the processes of economic change. Starting in the United States the financial and economic crisis infected Europe after 2007. A wider debate on the current differential role of governments in the U.S. and Europe in addressing the crisis has emerged. The bailout programs in the U.S. have made reference to a unitary and homogeneous reference frame in the presence of a central bank whose broad mandate includes development goals. Europe, instead, has shown a different scenario and the same financial integration project depends on the complex relationship between individuals and the community, national sovereignty and increasingly binding European procedures. In this overall scenario, however, seems to be missing a vital issue: the territorial dimension, crucial element of the new economic conditions. According to the birth of new economic and social hierarchies, regional development, must consider the possibility of using marginal areas, those that have so far suffered the predominance of the central ones, but having now new and unexploited economic and institutional assets.
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2012|