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Dirk Fornahl, Thomas Brenner (eds.) (2003): Cooperation, networks and institutions in regional innovation systems. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham
This book is a collection of fourteen papers presented in a workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems in Vienna. The central aim of the book is the study of policy measures that can trigger the development of local industrial clusters. The issue is a valid one, as the huge literature on clusters, regional innovation systems and industrial districts has managed to unveil the pervasiveness of local agglomeration of firms, but has been unable to explain its complex development and its public policy determinants. The book is divided into three parts. Part I (seven chapters) presents the theoretical perspectives, Part II (four chapters) introduces several case studies and Part III (three chapters) includes the public policy papers.
In the first theoretical paper (“Local cultures and regional innovation networks”), Sylvianne...