Innovation policies for regional structural change: Combining actor-based and system-based strategies

Arne Isaksen, Franz Tödtling, Michaela Trippl

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In academic and policy circles we find a widespread consensus that the promotion of current economic strongholds and specialisations is no longer sufficient for ensuring the long-term competitiveness of regions. New policy concepts such as smart specialisation emphasize the need to break with past practices and suggest innovation strategies that boost regional structural change. However, regional innovation systems (RIS) differ strongly in their capacity to develop new growth paths. The aim of the paper is to identify opportunities and limitations of regional innovation policies to promote new path development in different types of RIS. We distinguish between (1) organisationally thick and diversified RIS, (2) organisationally thick and specialized RIS and (3) thin RIS. Regarding path development, a distinction is drawn between the extenstion, modernization, importation, branching and creation of industrial paths, reflecting various degrees of radicalness of change in regional economies. The paper offers a conceptual analysis of conditions and influences that enable and constrain new path development in each RIS type and outlines the contours of policy strategies that are suitable for promoting new path development in those different types of RIS.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016


ReiheSRE - Discussion Papers

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 507023 Standortentwicklung
  • 502039 Strukturpolitik
  • 502014 Innovationsforschung
  • 507011 Raumforschung
  • 507014 Regionalentwicklung
  • 507
  • 507016 Regionalökonomie

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