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Diversifying in green technologies in European regions: does political support matter?

Artur Santoalha and Ron Boschma ()

No 1922, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography

Abstract: Regional diversification is a process characterized by past and place dependence: new activities tend to emerge and develop in a region in technological or industrial fields closely related to existing local activities. Recently, the relatedness concept has also been applied successfully to studies on green diversification of regions, providing new insights to the transition literature that is primarily focused on disruptive change. What has received little attention is a systematic approach that assesses the role of political support for the ability of regions to diversify into new green activities. This paper makes a first attempt to test the impact of regional capabilities and political support for environmental policy at the national and regional scale on the ability of 95 regions in 7 European countries to diversify into new green technologies during the period 2000-2012. We find evidence that related capabilities rather than political support in a region is associated with green diversification of regions in Europe. However, political support tends to moderate the role of regional capabilities.

Keywords: green technologies; regional diversification; sustainability transition; political support; relatedness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 O44 Q55 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-env, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-tid and nep-ure
Date: 2019-06, Revised 2019-06
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