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An 'integrated' framework for the comparative analysis of the territorial innovation dynamics of developed and emerging countries

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  • Riccardo Crescenzi

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    (London School of Economics)

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

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    (IMDEA Social Sciences)

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This paper discusses recent developments in the literature on local and regional innovative performance in order to show how an 'integrated' conceptual framework based on the cross-fertilisation of different theories can serve as a foundation for the comparative analysis of territorial innovation dynamics in both developed and developing countries. The paper outlines a conceptual framework to explain the differences between innovation systems and their geography by drawing on elements of endogenous growth, new economic geography and regional innovation systems. This framework forms the basis of the subsequent analysis of the differences in innovative capacity between the European Union, the Unites States – as the leader system to be challenged – and China and India as emerging competitors for international technological leadership. The systematic analysis of a large body of empirical literature shows important differences between the spatial patterning of 'emerging' (China and India) and 'mature' (EU and US) innovation systems.

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Paper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2012-02.

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Date of creation: 10 Feb 2012
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Keywords: innovation systems; geography; endogenous growth; new economic geography; Europe; United States; China; India;

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