Clusters and Regional Specialisation

Clusters and Regional Specialisation

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The contributors to this volume classify and develop the theoretical approaches which underlie the interrelationships between economic actors that clusters describe, and consider the implications of such interrelationships for economic growth and development. Building on experiences in empirical analysis, they provide diverse methodological approaches to the conceptualization and identification of clusters. They also address the policy relevance of a cluster approach and openly discuss the risks of regional specialization.
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  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • Pion Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • line diagrams
  • 0850861683
  • 9780850861686

Table of contents

The discrete charm of clusters - an introduction, M. Steiner. Part 1 Theoretical considerations: old and new theories of industry clusters, E.J. Feser; on geography and technology - proximity relations in localised innovation networks, A. Rallet, A. Torre; the transformation of local production systems - international networking and territorial competitiveness, R. Cappellin; regional cooperation and innovative industries - game-theoretical aspects and policy implications, s. Mizrahi; industrial trade clusters in action - seeing regional economies whole, E.M. Bergman. Part 2 Methodological approaches and case studies: agglomeration, clustering,and structural change -interpreting changes in the Chicago regional economy, G.J.D. Hewings et al; in search of agglomeration economies - the adoption of technological innovations in the automobile industry, R.A. Dubin, S. Helper; cluster formation in the framework of the Treuhand approach -from socialist to market-oriented clusters, P. Friedrich, X. Feng; a risk-oriented analysis of regional clusters, O.M. Fritz et al; networks, innovation, and industrial districts - the case of Scotland, M. Danson, G. Whittam; learning with clusters - a case study from Upper Styria, M. Steiner, C. Hartmann. Part 3 Policy implications: clusters - less dispensable and more risky than ever, G. Tichy; promoting competitiveness for small business clusters through collaborative learning - policy consequences from a European perspective, J. Cullen; clusters - new developments in Austria and their relevance in economic policy, W. Clement; clusters in the context of the European Union's cohesion policies, R. Shotton.
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