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Constructing regional advantage: platform policies based on related variety and differentiated knowledge bases

By Bjorn T. Asheim, Ron Boschma and Philip Nicholas Cooke

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This paper presents a regional innovation policy model based on the idea of constructing regional advantage. This policy model brings together concepts like related variety, knowledge bases and policy platforms. Related variety attaches importance to knowledge spillovers across complementary sectors. The paper categorizes knowledge into ‘analytical’ (science based), ‘synthetic’ (engineering based) and ‘symbolic’ (arts based) in nature, with different requirements of ‘virtual’ and real proximity mixes. The implications of this are traced for evolving ‘platform policies’ that facilitate economic development within and between regions in action lines appropriate to incorporate the basic principles behind related variety and differentiated knowledge bases

Topics: HT, JA
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:40641
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