The critical message of this book is that in the current context of global change, local and national territories have to upgrade their resilience in terms of improving both their competitiveness and capability to innovate. Localized creativity, small high-tech entrepreneurship, related innovation platforms, social capital embedded in dynamically open territorial communities and context-specific though continuously upgrading policy platforms are all means to face new challenges and to promote increased absorptive capacity within local and national territories. The contributors illustrate that these capabilities are much needed in the current globalized economy as a path towards sustainability and for creating new opportunities for their inhabitants. They analyse the challenges and development prospects of local/regional production systems internally, across territories, and in terms of their potential and territorial connectivity which can help exploit opportunities for proactive policy actions.
This is increasingly relevant in the current climate in which the balanced allocation of resources and opportunities, particularly for SMEs, cannot be expected as the automatic result of the working of the market. Exploring conceptual and methodological aspects, and documenting original accounts of innovative territories, this book will be of great interest to academics, students and researchers within the fields of economics, industrial organization, and technology and innovation.
Contents: Introduction M. Davide Parrilli, Philip Cooke and Jose Luis Curbelo PART I: CONCEPTS AND MEASUREMENT: INNOVATION, INSTITUTIONS AND CHANGE 1. Regional Advantage in a Global Economy: External Search and Local Institution Building Anna-Lee Saxenian 2. Resilience, Innovative 'White Spaces' and Cluster-Platforms as a Response to Globalisation Shocks Phil Cooke and Arne Eriksson 3. The Innovation Index-Measuring the UK's Investment Innovation and its Effects Brian MacAulay 4. Territorial Benchmarking Methodology: The Need to Identify Reference Regions Navarro M., Susana Franco S, Juan Jose Gibaja and Asier Murciego PART II: TERRITORIES: INNOVATIVE AND EVOLVING 5. Innovative Regions: Strategic Spaces for Development Antonio Vazquez Barquero 6. New Policy Approaches to Develop Innovative Territories: Developing Trust and Behavioral Additionality in Gipuzkoa Mirren Larrea, Maria Jose Aranguren and James Karlsen 7. New Focus of Economic Reactivation in Spain: Creative Industries in the Basque Country Luciana Lazzeretti and Mario Davide Parrilli 8. Assessing Country Competitiveness: The Case of Spain Mercedes Delgado and Christian Ketels PART III: INNOVATION AND VALUE CHAINS 9. Outward FDI from Developing Countries MNEs as a Channel for Technological Catch-up Alessia Amighini, Roberta Rabellotti and Marco Sanfilippo 10. Heterogeneous Social Capitals: A New Window of Opportunity for Local Economies Mario Davide Parrilli 11. China: Beyond the Global Production Line Phil Cooke and Fangzu Zhang 12. Are Clusters the Solution? Andres Rodriguez Pose and Fabrice Comptour PART IV: TERRITORIAL POLICIES: EMERGING FROM THE CRISIS 13. Conceptualizations, Relationships and Trends between Innovation, Competitiveness and Development: Industrial Policy Beyond the Crisis Patrizio Bianchi and Sandrine Labory 14. Regional Policy: What it (seems) we have Learned from the European Experience Juan Cuadrado Roura 15. Cities in Times of Crisis Manuel Perlo Cohen 16. What Public Policies Can and Can Not do for Regional Development Mikel Landabaso 17. A Participatory Methodology for Evaluating the Cluster Policy of the Basque Country Cristina Aragon, Maria Jose Aranguren, Cristina Iturrioz and James Wilson 18. For a Resilient, Sustainable and Creative European Economy, in What Ways is the EU Important? Phil Cooke and Lisa De Propris
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