Manufacturing in the post-industrial city: the role of a “Hidden Sector” in the development of Pécs, Hungary

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Lux, Gábor
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This chapter takes a look at the evolution of manufacturing industries of Pécs, ashrinking regional centre in Southern Hungary. Industrialisation and de-industrialisationprocesses are considered in the context of the city’s peripheral geographic position, and itsaspirations to abandon its mining and industrial heritage in favour of becoming a cultural city.The chapter contests the reality of these plans, drawing attention to how a simplifiedunderstanding of economic restructuring encourages the formation of “hidden sectors”,important secondary and tertiary activities which can get caught in vicious circles of decline,policy neglect, and network disintegration. It examines the transformation of the city’sindustries, and the divergent evolutionary patterns they form in a city characterised by industrialdecline. FDI-based, endogenous and knowledge-based industries are examined, along with theinstitutional background which influences their evolution, and gives rise to hidden sectors. Thechapter aims to highlight the importance of diversified industrial structures, the relevance oflocalities, and the role institutions play in influencing the future of manufacturing in the posttransition era.
Pécs , útfüggőség , ipar , de-indusztralizáció , iparosodás
Kunc Josef ; Cudny Waldemar (szerk.) Growth and Change in Post-socialist Cities of Central Europe London: Routledge, 2021 pp. 94-112. (ISBN 978-0-367484-47-7)