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Nurturing novelty: Regional innovation policy in the age of smart specialisation

Morgan, Kevin ORCID: 2017. Nurturing novelty: Regional innovation policy in the age of smart specialisation. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 35 (4) , pp. 569-583. 10.1177/0263774X16645106

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Smart specialisation is the most ambitious regional innovation programme ever launched in the EU and it affords a unique opportunity to explore the interplay between institutions, innovation and development. The article argues that smart specialisation makes unprecedented demands on public sector bodies to nurture more collaborative forms of economic search and craft more inclusive forms of regional governance. To explore these issues with the granularity they deserve, the article offers detailed case studies of two regional innovation policy repertoires, in Wales and the Basque Country, arguing that the 'old industrial region' moniker conceals as much as it reveals because, for all their apparent similarities, they have pursued very different repertoires. The article concludes on a more general note by suggesting how regional innovation studies could be enriched by engaging with theoretical perspectives from other fields.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 13/04/2016)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0263-774X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 18:21

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