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Social competitiveness

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Chapter 1:
Social competitiveness in the territorial approach

 


Social competitiveness, or what many authors refer to as an area’s “social capital”, can be defined as the ability of the various players and institutions to take joint and effective action at area level. It is a mindset, a proper “culture” that relies on mutual trust, as well as on the willingness and ability to recognise, express and link together individual and collective interests.

Social competitiveness is an essential element of any territorial approach. It concerns the organisation of local players and the relationships between people, between players and institutions and between the institutions themselves.

Social competitiveness turns the physical proximity of the players and institutions working at local level into an advantage for building up “collective intelligence” around a territorial project. It helps to make the area more competitive with the outside world, whilst at the same time enhancing the area’s internal ties of solidarity.


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