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Business, Design and Factor 10: Sustainable Development in Creative Industries
University of Örebro.
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2011 (English)In: Local Development and Creative Industries: empirical, methodological and theoretical reflections / [ed] Conny Pettersson, Dorit Christensen, Visby: Gotland University , 2011, 125-158 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Hällefors is one of the municipalities in Sweden attempting to break free from the traditional corporate structure. While it has a long history of iron and steel production, technology-based industry is now being supplemented by investment in cultural, culinary and design projects. The aim of this chapter is first to chart the progress of the municipality toward sustainable development and secondly to investigate whether there have been any fundamental changes made to the system. This means that we shall consider the adoption of a path-dependent trend and formative instances in local development processes, with a neo-institutional framework as our theoretical guide. One major discovery is that the term ”sustainable development” crops up constantly in daily dialogue and practical application; it appears in municipal strategic and policy declarations, in both preliminary and comprehensive documents, and in sector-oriented programmes. Yet despite the fact that there is clear evidence of sustainable-development thinking, it has not replaced previous models of local development. Although the concept has become familiar, it is not possible to say whether it has actually contributed to fundamental institutional change on the local level.

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Visby: Gotland University , 2011. 125-158 p.
Centrum för energieffektivisering i kulturhistoriskt värdefulla byggnader, 9
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Economics and Business Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1242ISBN: 978-91-86343-05-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1242DiVA: diva2:464604
Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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