Quotation Isaksen, Arne, Tödtling, Franz, Trippl, Michaela. 2018. Innovation policies for regional structural change: combining actor-based and system-based strategies, In: New Avenues for Regional Innovation Systems – Theoretical Advances, Empirical Cases and Policy Lessons, Isaksen, A., Martin, R., Trippl, M. Hrsg. Isaksen, A., Martin, R., Trippl, M. 221-238. Cham: Springer Verlag.


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This chapter analyses opportunities and challenges for regional innovation policies designed to promote new path development in different types of regional innovation systems (RISs). RISs differ enormously in their capacity to develop new growth paths due to pronounced differences in endogenous potentials and varying abilities to attract and absorb exogenous sources for new path development. We distinguish between different types of regional industrial path development, which reflect various degrees of radicalness of regional structural change. The chapter offers a conceptual analysis of conditions and influences that enable and constrain new path development in different types of RISs and outlines the contours of policy strategies that are suitable for promoting new path development in different RISs. Regarding policy strategies, a distinction is drawn between system-based and actor-based policy approaches. System-based strategies aim to improve the functioning of the RIS by targeting system failures, promoting local and non-local knowledge flows and adapting the organizational and institutional set-up of the RIS. Actor-based strategies, in contrast, support entrepreneurs and innovation projects by firms and other stakeholders. We argue that both strategies will have only a limited impact on regional economic change when applied alone. However, if they are combined, they are well suited to promote new path development. The chapter discusses which specific combinations of system-based and actor-based policy strategies matter for different types of RISs.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Innovation policies for regional structural change: combining actor-based and system-based strategies,
Title of whole publication New Avenues for Regional Innovation Systems – Theoretical Advances, Empirical Cases and Policy Lessons, Isaksen, A., Martin, R., Trippl, M.
Editor Isaksen, A., Martin, R., Trippl, M.
Page from 221
Page to 238
Location Cham
Publisher Springer Verlag
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
Open Access N

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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
External
Isaksen, Arne (University of Ader, Norway)
Trippl, Michaela (Universität Wien, Austria)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5331 Structural policy (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5608 Regional development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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