The debate on the competitiveness of local and regional clusters in the current globalized markets is a priority as globalization puts pressure on such production systems and forces them to find new ways of competition and sustainability. Many traditional clusters may be constrained by the growth of transnational value chains and production networks that benefit from cheap resources and workforce as well as softer regulations that may be reaped in other parts of the world. This situation is even more palpable with the internationalization of innovation networks that may replace the former relevant regional and national innovation systems. This volume discusses the features of successful clusters and the threats and opportunities they currently face in such a globalized environment and offers some perspectives and solutions to sustain the resilience of local and regional production systems.
This book was published as a special issue of European Planning Systems.
1. Local and Regional Development in Global Value Chains, Production Networks and Innovation Networks: A Comparative Review and the Challenges for Future Research 2. The Resilience of Clusters in the Context of Increasing Globalization: The Basque Wind Energy Value Chain 3. Competitiveness and Technological Upgrading in Global Value Chains: Evidence from the Indonesian Electronics and Garment Sectors 4. The Competitive Position of the Basque Aeroespatial Cluster in Global Value Chains: A Historical Analysis 5. From Strategic Coupling to Recoupling and Decoupling: Restructuring Global Production Networks and Regional Evolution in China 6. The Economic Geography of the Meso-global Spaces: Integrating Multinationals and Clusters at the Local–Global Level 7. Global Production Networks and Global Innovation Networks: Stability Versus Growth