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New Media Industry Development: Regions, Networks and Hierarchies - Some Policy Implications


  • Ann-Katrin Backlund
  • Åke Sandberg


Promotion of the new media industry has become a significant focus for regional development strategies, as it is generally believed that the new media industry is a highly desirable form of economic activity.But is this really so? The question was put to a group of international researchers. The article which summarizes their discussion and policy recommendations states that it is by no means clear that new media activities are preferable to other forms of economic activity in a region, which might be more sustainable or better address the specific development problems of an area. The interest being focused on a few successful sites has obscured wider questions regarding the spatial and geographical distribution of new media activities.

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  • Ann-Katrin Backlund & Åke Sandberg, 2002. "New Media Industry Development: Regions, Networks and Hierarchies - Some Policy Implications," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(1), pages 87-91.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:36:y:2002:i:1:p:87-91 DOI: 10.1080/00343400120099898

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    1. Karlsson, Charlie & Rouchy, Philippe, 2013. "Media clusters and metropolitan knowledge economy," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 328, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
    2. Leona Achtenhagen & Robert Picard, 2014. "Challenges and success factors in media cluster development: a review of contemporary knowledge," Chapters,in: Agglomeration, Clusters and Entrepreneurship, chapter 10, pages 221-251 Edward Elgar Publishing.


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