An evolutionary integrated view of regional systems of innovation: concepts, measures and historical perspectives

Iammarino, Simona (2005) An evolutionary integrated view of regional systems of innovation: concepts, measures and historical perspectives. European Planning Studies, 13 (4). pp. 487-519. ISSN 0965-4313

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The literature on geographical systems of innovation has traditionally shown a ‘national-bias’ that has strongly affected the identification of actors, relationships and attributes operating at the sub-national scale. Indeed, the historical evolution of the regional dimension has rarely been considered (implying that history really matters only at the national level). Modes of governance have also mostly been examined from a country perspective, which neglects the complexity, heterogeneity and path dependency of multi-level governance in current innovation systems. This paper reviews the main literature on the concept of Regional Systems of Innovation (RSI), adopting an integrated view that brings together both top-down and bottom-up characteristics and evolutionary mechanisms for the purpose of identifying RSIs. After discussing conceptual problems, and the relevance and applicability of an evolutionary integrated view of RSI, the case of Italy is employed to support the argument that the historical perspective on regional cultures is often unavoidable in order to assess future opportunities for regional development.

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Additional Information: The paper argues that much of the regional systems of innovation literature, though of growing policy relevance, is descended `top-down¿ from studies of national systems of innovation, and that there needs to be a broader evolutionary view that integrates bottom-up perspectives. The case of Italian regions is used to show that regional systems differentiate themselves over the course of many centuries.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Simona Iammarino
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:29
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 14:31
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