Regions and Innovation Policy

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Regions and Innovation Policy addresses the needs of national and regional governments for greater clarity on how to strengthen the innovation capacity of regions. The first part of the book examines strategies, policies and governance, explaining why regions matter, what makes smart policy mixes, and multilevel governance.  The second part of the book looks at agencies, instruments and country information, showing how agencis can maximize their impact and what policy instruments work. The final chapter provides country-by-country summaries of what countries are doing.



Multi-level governance of innovation policy

Regions are embedded in a network of governance with formal and informal competences that determine the scope for regional innovation policy. The multi-level governance of innovation policy has become increasingly complex, thanks to several trends that highlight the role of regions for innovation. This mutual dependence brings to light challenges in multi-level governance that need to be clearly diagnosed to identify adapted governance arrangements and tools for vertical and horizontal co-ordination. Regions also need to engage the right public and private stakeholders, within the region and beyond, to implement their strategies. Adapted monitoring and evaluation tools not only serve these regional strategy needs, they also reveal relevant information for more effective governance co-ordination tools.


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