Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2013/5: What Does Evolutionary Economic Geography Bring To The Policy Table? Reconceptualising regional innovation systems

Bjørn Asheim (), Markus M. Bugge (), Lars Coenen () and Sverre Herstad ()
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Bjørn Asheim: CIRCLE and the Department of Human Geography, Lund University; Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), Norway, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Markus M. Bugge: Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway
Lars Coenen: CIRCLE, Lund University; Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), Norway
Sverre Herstad: NIFU, Oslo Norway

Abstract: The article discusses the strategic roles of public policy and institutions and the way this effect to the efficiency of regional innovation systems in the landscape of evolutionary economic geography. It argues that the current emphasis on path dependency historically contingent preconditions has provided important insights into the interdependencies between industrial knowledge bases and routines, regional system dynamics and long-term development paths. Yet, it falls short of capturing the scope of policy intervention which follows logically from the evolutionary framework itself. Anchored in a renewed regional innovation systems approach, the article presents a policy intervention framework for constructing regional advantage in different contexts.

Keywords: evolutionary economic geography; institutions; regional innovation policy; clusters; regional innovation systems

JEL-codes: B52; O33; O38

17 pages, February 10, 2013

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