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The Politics of Local Innovation
Conditions for the Development of Innovations



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December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
230 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Some cities manage to mobilize innovation potentials and respond to challenges, such as demographic change and immigration as well as economic restructuring, while others do not. This book solves this problem by answering the following question: What are the conditions for the development of local innovation?

In order to identify these conditions, the book explores case study cities which are perceived as success cases of local innovation by the respective local community, and sometimes also nationally or internationally. The conditions for local innovations are not sought primarily in economic, social, or institutional circumstances. Instead, this book focuses on the communicative interactions by which local actors develop locally embedded knowledge or a specific social imaginary about those circumstances, as well as the constraints and opportunities deriving from them. The authors focus on a comparative case study of ten cities – Bensheim, Frankfurt, Kassel, Leipzig, and Offenbach in Germany, and Athens, Chania, Elefsina, Kalamata, and Thessaloniki in Greece. The book is based on content analysis of policy documents and local newspapers as well as in-depth interviews with key local actors.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of political science and policy analysis, as well as sociology, geography, urban studies, and planning. It will also interest local politicians and bureaucrats concerned with achieving innovation in cities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: About the Origin of Local Innovations

Hubert Heinelt, Björn Egner and Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

2. Why Are Some Cities More Innovative Than Others? An Answer Based on an Interpretive Concept

Hubert Heinelt and Georgios Terizakis

3. Athens

Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

4. Bensheim

Hubert Heinelt

5. Chania

Hubert Heinelt and Panos Koliastasis

6. Elefsina

Panos Koliastasis

7. Frankfurt

Hubert Heinelt and Max A. Kayser

8. Kalamata

Alexia Timotheou

9. Kassel

Melina Lehning

10. Leipzig

Hubert Heinelt and Max A. Kayser

11. Offenbach

Max A. Kayser

12. Thessaloniki

Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

13. A Comparative Analysis of Communicative Mechanisms and Narratives Supporting Innovations

Björn Egner, Hubert Heinelt, Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas, Panos Koliastasis, Melina Lehning and Alexia Timotheou

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Biography

Hubert Heinelt is Professor in the Institute of Political Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, and Advisory Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Björn Egner is Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Political Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas is Professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.