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Shaping Smart Specialisation: The Role of Place-Specific Factors in Advanced, Intermediate and Less-Developed European Regions

Michaela Trippl, Elena Zukauskaite and Adrian Healy

PEGIS from Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: This paper examines the ways by which organisational and institutional features of regional innovation systems shape smart specialisation practices in less-developed, intermediate and advanced regions. Drawing on research from 15 European regions, we show that the implantation of smart specialisation creates challenges in all three types of regions. At the same time there is evidence that smart specialisation supports policy learning and system building efforts in less-developed regions and facilitates policy re-orientation and system transformation in more advanced regions.

Keywords: regional innovation policies; smart specialisation; advanced regions; intermediate regions; less-developed regions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2018
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