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The institutional challenges of dynamic regional innovation strategies

Arangueren, Marie Jose, Morgan, Kevin ORCID: and Wilson, James R. 2023. The institutional challenges of dynamic regional innovation strategies. Regional Studies 57 (1) , pp. 72-83. 10.1080/00343404.2022.2047917

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Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are widely used to guide place-based innovation policy. However, there is little analysis of the institutional frameworks necessary for implementing multi-actor entrepreneurial discovery processes. This paper explores the evolution of institutions in the Basque Country region over a four-year period. It conceptualizes two levels of institutions: the overall architecture established to pursue an S3; and the micro-processes that emerge to particularize and valorize priorities. The paper highlights lessons relating to the experimentalism of S3, monitoring and evaluation, the engagement of small and medium-sized enterprises and civil society actors, and mechanisms for amplifying the voice of regions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 February 2022
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2022
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 03:30

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