Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation

Rethinking Regional Innovation and Change: Path Dependency or Regional Breakthrough

Editors: Fuchs, Gerhard, Shapira, Philip (Eds.)

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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.

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" 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)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Beyond Path Dependency and Competitive Convergence

    Christoph Scherrer

    Pages 1-21

  • Tacit Knowledge, Path Dependency and Local Trajectories of Growth

    Meric S. Gertler

    Pages 23-41

  • Switching ties, recombining teams: Avoiding lock-in through project organization?

    Gernot Grabher

    Pages 63-84

  • Knowledge-intensive services as a key sector for processes of regional economic innovation: Leapfrogging and path dependency

    Hans Joachim Kujath

    Pages 85-106

  • Entrepreneurship as a source of path dependency

    Udo Staber

    Pages 107-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Regional Innovation and Change: Path Dependency or Regional Breakthrough
Editors
  • Gerhard Fuchs
  • Philip Shapira
Series Title
Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation
Series Volume
30
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-23002-3
DOI
10.1007/b100337
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-23001-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1995-3
Series ISSN
1381-0480
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 324
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