This title was first published in 2002. Examining cluster development policy in Europe and outlining its distinctive features, this innovative text places it within the national context of regional policy-making. It also identifies the features supporting the successful development of industrial clusters and provides a clear overview of cluster theory and policy practice followed by seven key case studies on the history and operation of different cluster policies in Europe. While there has been a number of books on the theory of cluster development little research has been published on policy. By filling this gap, this book will be of interest to a policy-making audience as well as students and researchers of regional economic development throughout Europe.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Philip Raines. Theory: Cluster concepts - the social engineering of a new regional institutional fix?, Peter Ache; Cluster policy - does it exist?, Philip Raines. Practice: Arve Valley, FranÃ§ois Josserand; Limburg, Mary Louise Rooney; North-Rhine Westphalia, Peter Ache; PaÃs Vasco, Sandra Taylor; Scotland, Philip Raines; Styria, Christian Hartmann; Tampere, Philip Raines. Conclusions: Clusters and prisms, Philip Raines; Bibliography; Index.
Philip Raines, Senior Research Fellow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK