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The creative class, social capital and regional development in Japan:  
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre for Innovation Systems, Entrepreneurship and Growth .
Swedish National Institute of Public Health, Östersund, Sweden.
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:hj:diva-13567DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-940X.2010.00171.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-13567DiVA: diva2:358501
Available from: 2010-10-22 Created: 2010-10-22 Last updated: 2011-05-20Bibliographically approved

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