Quotation Isaksen, Arne, Tödtling, Franz, Trippl, Michaela. 2016. Innovation policies for regional structural change: Combining actor-based and system-based strategies. ERSA Congress 2016, Vienna, Österreich, 23.08.-26.08.




The promotion of current economic strongholds and specialisations is no longer sufficient in order to ensure the long-term competitiveness of regions. New policy concepts emphasize innovation strategies that boost regional structural change, i.e. policies that support regional economies to renew their industrial base by diversifying into new economic fields. This new strategic orientation has essentially been informed by evolutionary economic geography. Applying a regional innovation system (RIS) perspective, recent work furthermore has shown that RIS differ enormously in their capacity to develop new growth paths. The policy implications following from this uneven geography of new path development have hardly been discussed so far. The aim of this paper is to identify opportunities and limitations of regional innovation policies to promote new path development in different types of RIS. We distinguish between (1) organisationally thick and diversified RIS, (2) organisationally thick and specialized RIS and (3) thin RIS. Regarding path development, a distinction is drawn between the extenstion, modernization, importation, branching and creation of industrial paths, reflecting various degrees of radicalness of change in regional economies. The paper offers a conceptual analysis of conditions and influences that enable and constrain new path development in each RIS type and outlines the contours of policy strategies that are suitable for promoting new path development in those different types of RIS.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Innovation policies for regional structural change: Combining actor-based and system-based strategies
Event ERSA Congress 2016
Year 2016
Date 23.08.-26.08.
Country Austria
Location Vienna


Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Isaksen, Arne (University of Agder, Norway)
Trippl, Michaela (CIRCLE, University of Lund, Sweden)
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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