Regions and Clusters in the Global Economy

Franz Tödtling, Arne Isaksen, Michaela Trippl

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


The post-war period has been characterised by a strong growth of economic interdependencies at a global level. Regional economies and their industrial clusters were challenged to maintain or regain their competitiveness in the new global economy. Some regions, particularly core Areas, have undergone successful innovation-based transformation, while many old industrialised and peripheral regions have lost competitiveness, employment and parts of their economic base. In this contribution we deal with conceptual approaches to globalisation challenges of regions and clusters, focussing on types of regions, clusters and modes of innovation. We also provide examples of clusters located in different geographical contexts and investigate how they cope with innovation challenges and place-specific innovation barriers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook Geographies of Globalisations
Editors Kloosterman, R., Mamadouh, V. and Terhorst, P.
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Pages329 - 339
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 507023 Location development
  • 502039 Structural policy
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507011 Spatial research
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507
  • 507016 Regional economy

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