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Regional competitive intelligence: benchmarking and policy-making

Huggins, Robert ORCID: 2010. Regional competitive intelligence: benchmarking and policy-making. Regional Studies 44 (5) , pp. 639-658. 10.1080/00343400802331312

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Benchmarking exercises have become increasingly popular within the sphere of regional policymaking. This paper analyses the concept of regional benchmarking and its links with regional policymaking processes. It develops a typology of regional benchmarking exercises and benchmarkers, and critically reviews the literature. It is argued that critics of regional benchmarking fail to take account of the variety and development of regional benchmarking systems. It is suggested that while benchmarking exercises are informing policy adaptation and innovation, they have been constrained by political and financial factors. It is concluded that regional benchmarking is facilitating the heightened regional interaction necessitated by globalisation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: benchmarking, policymaking, learning, competitiveness, innovation
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0034-3404
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:00

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