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Trabajo y sociedad

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BERTI, Natalia  and  ZANOTTI, Agustín. New Industries: public policy and governance in the Software and Informatics Services industry. The case of Córdoba, Argentina. Trab. soc. [online]. 2012, n.19. ISSN 1514-6871.

The Software and Informatics Services (SIS) industry  shows steady growth worldwide. However in Argentina, it is in the "postconvertibility" period (2002 to present), that this sector shows an exceptional development. This study takes the case of the Province of Cordoba, one of the largest concentrations of SIS companies outside Buenos Aires. The Province of Cordoba is also characterized by the establishment of several Transnational Corporations (TNC). A set of policies and business strategies as well as regional factors explain this particular concentration. This paper addresses the subject of governmental strategies at the provincial and city scale in relation to the promotion of the industry in the past decade. SIS policies are included in two stages: the periods 2001-2006 and 2007- 2011. The first period provides the basis of the development of a policy model for the sector, while the second one moves towards a consolidation of a regulation device . The second period shows a greater complexity since new state policies attempt to respond to the demands of the entrepreneurial sector as a whole. Based on an analysis of legislation, newspaper articles and interviews with key actors, we seek to understand the commitment of local governments into a sector of intangible goods, in a context of transformation of capital accumulation on a global scale and competitive regionalism. We explore the process of governance in which the provincial government, foreign investments, local entrepreneurs as well as other institutions are involved. These processes define action patterns that guide possible strategies and industrial policy settings into the future.

Keywords : Software industry; Córdoba; Public policy; Governance; Informational capitalism.

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