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  • New Horizons in Regional Science series

Tomokazu Arita, Chie Iguchi and Philip McCann

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Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

The chapter outlines some of the different issues which have come together to help position smart specialisation as a key element in the European Union (EU) Cohesion Policy reform agenda. Policy prioritisation is always a thorny issue, and in the case of heterogeneous regions it is an especially difficult challenge. However, a common set of principles can be identified which help to set innovation and knowledge-related policy interventions on a sound and realistic footing even in diverse environments. The various ideas out of which these principles have emerged are from a range of differing fields and literatures which have converged into a cohesive set of principles. These principles are workable and practicable for helping regions which are designing regional, urban and local developing policies under the overall EU regional policy umbrella. The intellectual incorporation of smart specialisation within the EU regional policy agenda is seen to be consistent both with the broader reform context and also with the interests of different stakeholders and constituencies. Indeed, this is very much part of its appeal, in that it can connect with diverse actors, and therefore be a catalyst for change.
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Philip McCann and Zoltán J. Ács

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  • New Horizons in Regional Science series

John Dewhurst and Philip McCann

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Bernard Fingleton and Philip McCann

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Hong Shangqin, Philip McCann and Les Oxley

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Edited by Frank Giarratani, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Philip McCann

This unique Handbook examines the impacts on, and responses to, economic geography explicitly from the perspective of the behaviour, mechanics, systems and experiences of different firms in various types of industries. The industry studies approach allows the authors to explain why the economic geography of these different industries exhibits such particular and diverse characteristics.
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Frank Giarratani, Geoffrey J.G. Hewings and Philip McCann

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Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

The chapter reviews the literature on the nature, role and links between R & D, innovation and productivity. The authors examine innovation from the perspective of the resource-based view of the firm, and discuss how non-spatial approaches explain the ways in which the characteristics of knowledge and technological regimes shape the evolution of the firm’s innovative behaviour. The analysis then moves on to set the insights of these non-geographical approaches squarely in the context of economic geography allowing for a discussion on the spatial effects of the prevailing technological regimes on urban and regional economic systems.