Strategic Approaches to Regional Development: Smart Experimentation in Less-Favoured Regions

1st Edition

Iryna Kristensen, Alexandre Dubois, Jukka Teräs

Published December 20, 2018
Reference - 258 Pages - 21 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138084353 - CAT# Y333679
Series: Regions and Cities


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The existence and persistence of regional disparities between European regions require context-tailored policies to promote structural change. This book explores the congruence between place-based development and regional competitiveness in the EU context.

Drawing on a range of social science disciplines, this book unpicks the complexity of regional transformation processes, aiming to enhance the applicability and transferability of theoretical approaches to innovation and place-based regional development in diverse European territorial settings. The contributors have a particular focus on less-favoured regions and on the application of Smart Specialisation – a strategic approach to innovation-based regional development – to the issues at hand.

The book comes at a critical moment, meeting the growing demand of academics, practitioners and policymakers with an interest in promoting regional economic growth and well-being.

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