This e-book provides the findings of the wide study progrannne funded via the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German examine Council) and entitled 'Technological switch and nearby improvement in Europe'. The objective of this programme used to be to hold out study by way of empirical surveys into the connection among technological switch and nearby improvement. Over a interval of six years, a complete of fifty study initiatives were undertaken in 3 levels, each one lasting years. This study programme has succeeded in actively concerning best German nearby scientists from many universities in addition to non-university examine associations. additionally, a variety of learn tasks have been performed in shut co-operation with across the world popular companions. we must always wish to show our gratitude for the aid supplied by way of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. with out their monetary backing of the examine programme, it should now not were attainable to adopt such an formidable undertaking. thank you additionally visit the members of this quantity for his or her willingness to take part in our joint undertaking. we would like as well as recognize the contribution of Prof. Dr. Philip Cooke whose refereeing of the chapters has stronger the standard of the paintings provided right here. eventually, our thank you visit Angela Spence for her specialist editorial information, linguistic modifying and the guidance of the Index, and likewise Franco Vaio for taking good care of the technical points and construction of the ultimate reproduction. Their mixed efforts were an important for effectively bringing jointly contributions from such a lot of diversified authors in one quantity.
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