Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Trippl, Michaela. 2018. Regional Innovation Policies for New Path Development – Beyond Neoliberal and Traditional Systemic Views . European Planning Studies. 26 (9), 1779-1795.


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How new regional growth paths emerge and what policy concepts are most adequate for nurturing their evolution constitute recurring themes in regional innovation and development studies. New industrial paths are often portrayed as the result of market-driven processes and Schumpeterian entrepreneurial efforts. This view goes along with a neoliberal policy approach that restricts the role of public interventions to the setting up a suitable regulatory frame and supporting an entrepreneurial climate. The theoretical underpinnings and policy perspectives of this approach have been challenged by the innovation system literature, which offers a systemic view on the rise of new growth paths and advocates a more proactive role of public policy. This paper investigates the role of policy models beyond these traditional ones. We contrast different variants of systemic and multi-scalar policy concepts for new regional industrial path development. Our literature-based study shows that more recent models go beyond new path development and growth per se, paying more attention to the direction of innovation and change, and to policy approaches for achieving more sustainable forms of development. We scrutinise the theoretical and empirical bases of these new policy models and discuss why they are superior to neoliberal and older systemic ones.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Planning Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Regional Innovation Policies for New Path Development – Beyond Neoliberal and Traditional Systemic Views
Volume 26
Number 9
Year 2018
Page from 1779
Page to 1795
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2018.1457140
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09654313.2018.1457140

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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
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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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