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Evolving into a Regional Innovation System: How Governance impact on Innovation in Shenzhen and Dongguan, China?

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  • Wenying Fu

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  • Javier Revilla Diez

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  • Daniel Schiller

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Governance constitutes elementary supportive infrastructure for regional innovation systems. This paper extends the evolutionary lens of governance into initial industrialization phase and examines the impact of their evolution into regional innovation systems on fostering innovation activities. Drawing on the empirical substances in Shenzhen and Dongguan, China, a path-dependent nature of institutional design on supporting innovation has been discovered. The paper shows that the dirigiste globalized production system in Shenzhen in 1980s has gradually evolved to a higher level of interactive regional innovation system than the grassroots globalized production system in Dongguan, where innovation is still passively managed by global players. Finally, policy implication is discussed for the construction of regional innovation systems under different governance modalities in the initial industrialization phase.

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  • Wenying Fu & Javier Revilla Diez & Daniel Schiller, 2011. "Evolving into a Regional Innovation System: How Governance impact on Innovation in Shenzhen and Dongguan, China?," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1119, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Nov 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1119
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    Keywords

    ego-networks; geographical proximity; innovation performance; knowledge networks; technological relatedness;

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    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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