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The Associational Economy: Firms, Regions, and Innovation


  • Cooke, Philip

    (University of Wales, Cardiff)

  • Morgan, Kevin

    (University of Wales, Cardiff)


Philip Cooke and Kevin Morgan explore important issues of corporate reorganization in the context of heightened global competition. Their special focus is upon how firms associate with regional milieux. Innovation is a key factor in corporate and regional economic performance and the authors show how interactive innovation based on collective learning and associative practices are becoming increasingly significant. In-depth studies of inter-firm and firm-agency interactions are presented for four European regions: Baden-Wurttemberg and Emilia-Romagna as accomplished regional economies; Wales and the Basque Country as learning regions. The book is theoretically informed by an evolutionary economics perspective and draws policy conclusions which emphasise the importance of decentralized industrial policy in support of both corporate and regional economic development ambitions. It concludes that the associational economy may be the `third way' between state and market co-ordination of modern economies.

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  • Cooke, Philip & Morgan, Kevin, 1999. "The Associational Economy: Firms, Regions, and Innovation," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198296591.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780198296591

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    1. Gordon,Robert J., 2004. "Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521531429, March.
    2. Dale W. Jorgenson, 2001. "Information Technology and the U.S. Economy," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(1), pages 1-32, March.
    3. Gordon,Robert J., 2004. "Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521800082, March.
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    1. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Edna M. Villarreal Peralta, 2015. "Innovation and Regional Growth in Mexico: 2000–2010," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 172-195, June.
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