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Lessons from learning regions: policymaking in an evolutionary context

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  • Geenhuizen, Marina van

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, Peter

Abstract

This paper serves to clarify conditions that hamper the learning capability of regional (local) actors and to identify how this capability can be improved, given a number of distinct evolutionary constraints. First, we discuss policymaking in an evolutionary context. This is followed by an analysis of circumstances that hamper the design of Iearning policies by governments, including shortages in conceptualisation and empirical research of the learning region paradigm. The focus of the paper then moves to some broad lessons that can be drawn at the strategic level and at the project level for regional (urban) policymakers. Finally, the paper discusses the dilemma of incremental change versus system change - or co-evolution versus co-revolution - to improve the learning capability of regions or cities.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0034.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:2002-34

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Keywords: learning regions; policy design; learning capability;

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  1. Antonelli, Cristiano & Quéré, Michel, 2002. "The Governance of Interactive Learning Within Innovation Systems," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 200202, University of Turin.
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  1. Stanislav, Kološta & Ivan, Sokáč & Filip, Flaška & Mário, Hošala, 2008. "Analýza siete ŽP Group podľa vybraných oblastí skúmania Novej ekonomickej geografie a teórie učiacich sa regiónov," MPRA Paper 13977, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Sucháček, Jan & Malinovský, Jan, 2007. "Regional Development in Transitional Economies after 1989: Reformation or Deformation?," MPRA Paper 15025, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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