Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2019/7: Agency in regional path development: Towards a bio-economy in Värmland, Sweden

Suyash Jolly (), Markus Grillitsch () and Teis Hansen ()
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Suyash Jolly: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Markus Grillitsch: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Teis Hansen: Lund University, Postal: Sweden

Abstract: Despite significant interest in regional industrial restructuring in economic geography, surprisingly scarce attention has been paid to the changing role of agency over time. The current paper develops a framework for understanding the role of multiple types of agents and the agency they exercise for new path development. The framework is employed in a longitudinal study of industry development in Värmland, Sweden, from forestry towards a bio-economy. The analysis highlights how actors exercise very different types of agency in different periods of path development.

Keywords: Bio-economy; Värmland; agency; path development; longitudinal

JEL-codes: B52; L73; L78; O30; P48; Q50; R11

31 pages, May 10, 2019

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