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Public Policy for Economic Competitiveness: An Analytical Framework and a Research Agenda


  • David Bailey
  • Lisa De Propris
  • Roger Sugden
  • James Wilson


The prime concern is to highlight the strategic choice framework (SCF) for analysing localities' economic development and competitiveness policies in the context of globalisation. The SCF is centred on hypotheses relating to the governance of production, where 'governance' is understood in terms of the processes and associated structures for identifying and making strategic choices. The argument is illustrated from discussions of current realities at micro, meso and macro levels, and from analyses of the potential for 'democratic' development paths. This leads to an explicit focus on competitiveness policies. The conceptualisation of 'competitiveness' is discussed, and we advocate a focus on the degree to which policies serve the democratically determined public interest. The paper's secondary concern is to highlight implications of the SCF for the research agenda. We envisage an emphasis on boundary spanning research. It is suggested that the SCF be applied in the context of experiences in actual localities, in diverse forms of enterprise, and in networking and clusters; and that the SCF be deepened by focusing on aspects of three topics: economic democracy, economic performance and policy evaluation.

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  • David Bailey & Lisa De Propris & Roger Sugden & James Wilson, 2006. "Public Policy for Economic Competitiveness: An Analytical Framework and a Research Agenda," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(5), pages 555-572.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:20:y:2006:i:5:p:555-572
    DOI: 10.1080/02692170601005499

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    1. Giacomo Becattini & Marco Bellandi & Gabi Del Ottati & Fabio Sforzi, 2003. "From Industrial Districts to Local Development," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2884.
    2. Jagdish N. Bhagwati, 2004. "In Defense of Globalization: It Has a Human Face," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 94(6), pages 9-20, November-.
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    1. Tatyana Houbenova-Delissivkova, 2013. "Clusters in the regional sustainable development: approaches and policies for their implementation," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 4, pages 3-30,31-57.
    2. Christos N. Pitelis & Pellumb Kelmendi, 2011. "European Industrial Policy: Perspectives, Trends and a Sustainability-focused New Framework," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume II, chapter 2 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Pitelis, Christos & Kelmendi, Pellumb, 2009. "The political economy of European anti-trust and industrial policy," MPRA Paper 23941, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Jesús María Valdaliso, 2015. "Pertenencia a clústeres y comportamiento competitivo de las empresas: un estudio de seis asociaciones-clúster en el País Vasco," Working Papers 2015R02, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.
    5. James R. Wilson & Mari Jose Aranguren & Mikel Navarro, 2015. "From Plan to Process: Exploring the Leadership Implications of RIS3," Working Papers 2015R01, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.
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