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Smart specialization in a centralized state: strengthening the regional contribution in North East Romania

Healy, Adrian ORCID: 2016. Smart specialization in a centralized state: strengthening the regional contribution in North East Romania. European Planning Studies 24 (8) , pp. 1527-1543. 10.1080/09654313.2016.1184233

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Regional Innovation Strategies 3 (RIS3) are intended to promote the economic transformation of European Union (EU) regions, particularly those that are lagging in development. The introduction of RIS3 has not been without its critics. This is not unexpected given its rapid, and, for some, rather hasty, move from conceptual idea to mainstream EU policy. This paper explores the introduction of the RIS3 approach in North East Romania, one of the EU’s least developed regions. Whilst Romania has launched a national RIS3, the Regional Development Agency for North East Romania also voluntarily embarked upon a process of developing a regional RIS3 for the North East region. This provides a valuable opportunity to explore different spatial dimensions of the smart specialization approach and offers the opportunity to consider the extent to which active and well-regarded research actors can act as anchors to a RIS3 approach in a less developed region. The paper argues that whilst the experience of developing a regional RIS3 offers strong learning benefits, the effectiveness of this will be dependent on supporting institutional structures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0965-4313
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 27 April 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:20

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