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Cluster Dynamics in Transition Economies

The Case of Albania

Authors: Karafili, Elona

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  • Studies economic clusters in Albania
  • A roadmap for policy makers in developing countries to devise more effective territorial policies for clusters
  • A critique to “spatially blind” policies 
  • An examination of the features of transition economies that affect cluster development
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This book analyses the effectiveness of policies adopted in cluster promotion, using complexity thinking and evolutionary economic geography approaches. It studies cluster dynamics in transition economies, exploring the case of Albania.

In developing countries, the ‘model’ of the developed countries, is often seen as the endpoint of a trajectory that must be followed meticulously, implying a view on modernization as a linear and uniform process. They tend to import policies from these ‘success models’ showing minimal regard to their context and institutional capabilities; therefore, more often than not, such policies show little effectiveness.

This research on cluster policies in Albania confirms this. It suggests that in Albania there is a need to revise the way of thinking about clusters, considering them first and foremost as relational networks, instead of physically bound industrial districts.

While there is questioning of top-down policies and the national innovation systems prerogative, the suggested model by this research, in line with some of the most recent policy frameworks, advocates the need for flexibility, bottom-up initiatives and place-based approaches.

By means of conclusion, the book comes up with an alternative model of territorial policies for cluster development, shifting from ‘static’ towards ‘dynamic’ planning.

About the authors

Elona Karafili is a qualified professional in the field of urban economics. Elona is a lecturer and researcher at POLIS University, Tirana, Albania since 2007. 

Her main topics of interest and expertise include regional economic development and territorial competitiveness, which she has explored through a number of projects that focus on place-based innovation.

She holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Ferrara University and Polis University.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 46,00 €
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Softcover 57,19 €
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cluster Dynamics in Transition Economies
Book Subtitle
The Case of Albania
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69842-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69842-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-69841-6
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 74
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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