REGIONAL POLICY AS CHANGE MANAGEMENT - a theoretical discussion with empirical illustrations
AbstractThe paper focuses on challenges and potentials for policy in the presence of fundamental change processes that influence the long-term evolution of regions. The perspective in the paper implies that policy can be viewed as ‘management of change’. We present a conceptual model for understanding the nature of fundamental change processes, which emphasizes slowly changing regional characteristics and invariant self-organized response mechanisms. It is supported by empirical examples of the invariant character of regional development and innovation phenomena, such as long-term population growth, export dynamics and persistence in new firm formation across regions in Sweden. The examples are put in perspective by studying the behavior of dynamic systems. A discussion of how policy may support new trajectories are provided.
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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 26 Apr 2011
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business renewal; innovation; regional policy; persistence; change-processes; dynamic systems; path-dependence;
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