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The learning region : A policy concept to unlock regional economies from path dependency?

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  • The learning region
  • Hassink, Robert
  • German Institute for Economic Research


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Title The learning region
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A policy concept to unlock regional economies from path dependency?

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Hassink, Robert

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[Berlin]:German Institute for Economic Research

Date 2004-06
Pages 21
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Germany(Europe)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Territorial Development < National Land Development
Holding German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract

Since the Industrial Revolution the cyclical processes of rise and fall of regional economies have been accelerating. Many of the specific problems of the falling part of clustering, that is old industrial areas, are related to path dependency and lock-ins. Particularly political lock-ins hinder the necessary restructuring processes in old industrial areas. They can be considered as thick institutional tissues aiming at preserving existing industrial structures and therefore unnecessarily slowing down industrial restructuring and indirectly hampering the development of indigenous potential and creativity. Of the recently born offspring of the family of territorial innovation models, the learning region concept seems to be most focused on overcoming and avoiding political lock-ins in old industrial areas. (The rest omitted)

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Paper prepared for the conference Regionalization of Innovation Policy – Options and Experiences, June 4th-5th, 2004, Berlin