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Lessons from learning regions: policymaking in an evolutionary context


  • Geenhuizen, Marina van

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, Peter


This paper serves to clarify conditions that hamper the learning capability of regional (local) actors and to identify how this capability can be improved, given a number of distinct evolutionary constraints. First, we discuss policymaking in an evolutionary context. This is followed by an analysis of circumstances that hamper the design of Iearning policies by governments, including shortages in conceptualisation and empirical research of the learning region paradigm. The focus of the paper then moves to some broad lessons that can be drawn at the strategic level and at the project level for regional (urban) policymakers. Finally, the paper discusses the dilemma of incremental change versus system change - or co-evolution versus co- revolution - to improve the learning capability of regions or cities.

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  • Geenhuizen, Marina van & Nijkamp, Peter, 2002. "Lessons from learning regions: policymaking in an evolutionary context," Serie Research Memoranda 0034, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  • Handle: RePEc:vua:wpaper:2002-34

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    1. Sucháček, Jan & Malinovský, Jan, 2007. "Regional Development in Transitional Economies after 1989: Reformation or Deformation?," MPRA Paper 15025, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Stanislav, Kološta & Ivan, Sokáč & Filip, Flaška & Mário, Hošala, 2008. "Analýza siete ŽP Group podľa vybraných oblastí skúmania Novej ekonomickej geografie a teórie učiacich sa regiónov," MPRA Paper 13977, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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