© 2003

Innovation Clusters and Interregional Competition

  • Johannes Bröcker
  • Dirk Dohse
  • Rüdiger Soltwedel


  • This book improves the knowledge and understanding of the reasons why, how and where innovation clusters emerge, as well as the factors determining their respective success or failure

  • The world's leading experts contribute to our understanding of regional innovation, cluster formation and the factors influencing regional productivity and innovative performance


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Clusters and Competition as Engines of Innovation—An Introduction

    1. Johannes Bröcker, Dirk Dohse, Rüdiger Soltwedel
      Pages 1-8
  3. Geography and Innovation

  4. The Anatomy of Clusters

  5. Identifying Agglomeration Economies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Antonio Ciccone, Federico Cingano
      Pages 218-237
  6. The Role of Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Tod D. Rutherford
      Pages 272-292
    3. Martijn R. E. Brons, Henri L. F. de Groot, Peter Nijkamp
      Pages 293-313

About this book


Advances in Spatial Science

This series of books is dedicated to reporting on recent advances in spatial science. It contains scientific studies focusing on spatial phenomena, utilising theoretical frameworks, analytical methods, and empirical procedures specifically designed for spatial analysis. The series brings together innovative spatial research utilising concepts, perspectives, and methods with a relevance to both basic science and policy making. The aim is to present advances in spatial science to an informed readership in universities, research organisations, and policy-making institutions throughout the world.


The type of material considered for publication in the series includes:


- Monographs of theoretical and applied research in spatial science;

- State-of-the-art volumes in areas of basic research;

- Reports of innovative theories and methods in spatial science;

- Tightly edited reports form specially organised research seminars.


Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors and editors that may be obtained from Springer-Verlag. Manuscripts considered for the series will be reviewed by independent experts to ensure their originality, scientific level, and international policy relevance.


Cluster Economic Geography Import Innovation Interregional Competition Region Technology Policy development

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Bröcker
    • 1
  • Dirk Dohse
    • 2
  • Rüdiger Soltwedel
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Regional ResearchKiel UniversityKielGermany
  2. 2.Regional Economics DepartmentKiel Institute for World EconomicsKielGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


From the reviews:

"This book represents an outgrowth from a 2001 international workshop on ‘innovation clusters and interregional competition’ … . students of cluster-based economic development will find plenty of interesting material in this book. … I rarely buy books these days, especially edited collections. However, I would probably make an exception for this piece. There is a good mix of theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and analytic perspectives … . In short, this is one of the better edited collections I have seen in many years." (Alan MacPherson, Growth & Change, Vol. 35 (2), 2004)