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Rethinking Regional Innovation and Change

Path Dependency or Regional Breakthrough?

  • Editors
  • Gerhard Fuchs
  • Philip Shapira

Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Delphine Gallaud, André Torre
    Pages 127-146
  3. Gerhard Fuchs, Sandra Wassermann
    Pages 223-248
  4. Ron Boschma
    Pages 249-271
  5. Anders Malmberg, Dominic Power
    Pages 273-290
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-324

About this book


To what extent can regions diverge from established paths of economic development? Are their futures determined by institutional and industrial structures that may be hundreds of years old or do innovations, transfers, and adaptations of knowledge, technology, learning systems, and policy mechanisms offer realistic opportunities for regional development?

Rethinking Regional Innovation and Change: Path Dependency or Regional Breakthrough? brings together papers from leading international scholars in the field of regional development and policy. The contributors examine the interactions between path-dependent developments, institutions, and governance structures that influence regional innovation capacity. Using cases from both highly developed and less developed regions, they explore the complex relationships between technical and industrial development paths and regional institutions. They assess the extent to which regional innovative capacity can be increased by strengthening, re-orienting, or creating institutions and policies, and they examine opportunities for reflexive practice at the regional level as a critical tool in orienting regional development. Up-to-date case studies present diverse theoretical perspectives from economics, political science, geography, planning, and public policy.

This volume will be of particular interest to researchers, analysts, and policymakers in the fields of regional development, innovation policy, and institutional and organizational change, as well as faculty and students in public policy, public administration, planning, geography, regional economics, and economic development.


development entrepreneurship growth innovation innovation policy institutions public policy regional development regional policy regionalization science and technology

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From the reviews:

" Taken as a whole, the volume offers a broad and up-to-date perspective on the inheritance aspect of an area's future. Without exception, the chapters are insightful, interesting and a pleasure to read. Let us hope that this excellent work will find its way to the desks of authorities in charge for regional policy. If anything, the book still urges policy makers to start from the simple piece of wisdom that regions tend to go from where they are coming. Paradoxically, it is from this very notion of path dependency that most regional breakthroughs can be expected. " (Gert Jan Hospers, Regions, April 2005)