OECD Regional Development Working Papers

2073-7009 (en ligne)
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Working papers from the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD cover a full range of topics including regional statistics and analysis, urban governance and economics, rural governance and economics, and multi-level governance. Depending on the programme of work, the papers can cover specific topics such as regional innovation and networks, the determinants of regional growth or fiscal consolidation at the sub-national level.

Strengthening Global-Local Connectivity in Regional Innovation Strategies

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Paul Benneworth1, Adrie Dassen2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: University of Newcastle, Royaume-Uni

  • 2: Université de Twente, Pays-Bas

Date de publication
01 mai 2011
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With innovation increasingly important to economic development, innovation policy is attracting attention from politicians and policy-makers at all levels. Regional policy-makers face a distinctive challenge in that innovation takes place in international networks reaching far beyond their region‘s boundaries. What regional policy-makers can achieve is therefore constrained by the kind of firms and innovation networks already in their regions. This paper creates a framework for analysing regional innovation policy sensitive to this global dimension. Drawing on a global-local network analysis, the paper develops a regional classification for global-local innovation connectivity. The paper then analyses a set of common innovation policy measures, identifying how these policies can be optimised across these regional classes. The paper then highlights typical policy strengths and weaknesses for each of these various classes of regional global orientation. It argues that regional innovation strategies should pay more attention to their regions‘ global orientation if they are to become an effective tool across OECD members for improving innovation performance and economic growth rates.
regional competitiveness, innovation policy, economic development, regional development, universities, firms, networks, regional innovation strategies
Classification JEL:
  • D2: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations
  • H7: Public Economics / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
  • L2: Industrial Organization / Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
  • O23: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Development
  • O31: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights / Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
  • O32: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights / Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
  • R3: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / Real Estate Markets, Production Analysis, and Firm Location
  • R5: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / Regional Government Analysis