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The Creative Class, Social Capital and Regional Development in Japan
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2080-6859
2010 (English)In: Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies, ISSN 0917-0553, E-ISSN 1467-940X, Vol. 22, no 2-3, 89-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Do the social and cultural environments have any impact on regional development, expressed in terms of e.g. entrepreneurship, innovations and growth of new industries? In the current literature, two partly contradicting hypotheses can be discerned: 1. Florida's hypothesis, saying that a heterogeneous civil society with diverse values combined with tolerance is influencing regional growth in a positive way, and 2. Putnam's hypothesis, saying that a homogenous civil society with common norms and values and trust between its citizens is having a positive impact on regional development. This paper studies the validity of these two hypotheses on the current regional development in Japan. The analysis does not give any significant support to any of the hypotheses. A number of reasons for this lack of support for the hypotheses are discussed.

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2010. Vol. 22, no 2-3, 89-108 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59843DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-940X.2010.00171.xScopusID: 2-s2.0-79951718067OAI: diva2:476408
QC 20120118Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-01-18Bibliographically approved

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