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Learning regions in Europe: theory, policy and practice through the RIS experience

Lanadabasco, M., Oughton, C. and Morgan, Kevin John 2003. Learning regions in Europe: theory, policy and practice through the RIS experience. In: Gibson, D. V., Stolp, C., Conceicão, P. and Heitor, M. V. eds. Systems and Policies for the Global Learning Economy, International Series on Technology Policy and Innovation, Westport, CT: Praeger, pp. 79-110.

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This chapter is part of a collection that seeks to provide insight into the 'new economy' in which value is based on knowledge and human capital. The theme is that knowledge networks and learning are crucial to the global economy. The chapter examines regional economic development, learning networks, and systems of innovation in Europe. Insights from government-directed regional policies aimed at fostering innovation and economic development through collective learning and institutional innovation rather than basic infrastructure provision are discussed. An initiative of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the regional innovation strategy (RIS), is explained as a tool to 'translate knowledge into regional GDP [gross domestic product]' and a means of helping regions to help themselves. The impact of RIS projects is highlighted and a case study illustrates how the theoretical concepts of social capital, the learning region, and external economies of scale have been used and enriched by the development and implementation of a RIS in the West Midlands of England.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Case study; Government policy; Institutional role; Economic development; Social capital; Regional
Additional Information: ESRC Grant reference M568285001
Publisher: Praeger
ISBN: 9781567204766
Funders: ESRC
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Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:09

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