Learning from Clusters: A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective by Ron A. BoschmaLearning from Clusters: A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective by Ron A. Boschma

Learning from Clusters: A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective

EditorRon A. Boschma, Robert C. Kloosterman

Paperback | January 29, 2011

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The topic of clustering is a central one in contemporary debates on the relationship between the global and the local. This book addresses both conceptual and empirical issues on clustering, learning and regional development. It represents the current state of affairs in this body of literature in a critical way and gives a unique overview of the latest developments. The book reflects a kind of uneasiness scholars have with the general model of clusters that has been so dominant in the field of regional economics and economic geography in the past twenty years. All chapters in this book contribute to the debate, either at the conceptual level, the empirical level or both. At the conceptual level, the cluster model has been criticized because it has been represented as a model that has been idealized too much. Moreover, it has been developed mainly as a theoretical model, without having been accompanied by a great deal of empirical testing of its main propositions.
Title:Learning from Clusters: A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:438 pages, 9.45 × 6.3 × 0.07 inPublished:January 29, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. 1: Clustering, learning and regional development, Ron A. Boschma & Robert Kloosterman.Part I: The 'Cluster' Model. 2: A systematic perspective on local development, Sergio Conti. 3: Cluster dynamics, Bart Nooteboom & Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis. 4: Embedded local growth: a theory taken too far?, Michael Taylor. 5: Beyond the learning region: the dialectics of innovation and culture in territorial development, Frank Moulaert & Jacques Nussbaumer. 6: Economic development, institutions and trust, Gert-Jan M. Linders, Henri L.F. de Groot & Peter Nijkamp. 7: Social capital and regional development: an empirical analysis of the Third Italy, Ron A. Boschma. 8: Regional innovation systems, varieties of capitalism and non-local relations: challenges from the globalising economy, Bjørn T. Asheim & Sverre J. Herstad. 9: Delirious Rotterdam: The formation of an innovative cluster of architectural firms, Robert C. Kloosterman & Eva Stegmeijer. 10: Competitiveness in regional clusters. The case of Océ's 'Knowledge Industry Clustering' project, Roel Rutten & Frans BoekemaPart II: The Impacts of ICT and Externalities on Urban Development. 11: Urban milieux: from theory to empirical findings, Roberto Camagni & Roberta Capello. 12: The spatial clustering of knowledge-intensive services: computing services in the Netherlands, Anet Weterings. 13: Dynamic information externalities and employment growth in the Netherlands, Frank G. van Oort, Daan P. van Soest & Shelby D. Gerking. 14: New regional economics: about virtual agglomeration effects, Luc Soete. 15: 'Old' and 'new' economy and services, Peter W. Daniels. 16: Economic capabilities and strategic clusters: new perspectives for national and regional economic policy, Pieter P. Tordoir.Part III: Concluding Remarks. 17: Further learning from clusters, Robert C. Kloosterman & Ron A. Boschma About the authorsIndex

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"Clusters and clustering are popular policy tools much given to critical academic comment. The book explores this paradox, addressing convincingly the shortcomings of the cluster approach to the analysis of and intervention in economic development processes. In doing so, it presents a critical and thought-provoking perspective on the current state of the art. Its most penetrative contributions are on the conceptual and empirical level."(Professor Phil Cooke, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University)"This book brings together not only interesting new empirical studies of the clustering of economic activity but, more importantly, fresh critique and valuable new departure points for future theoretical and empirical work on this popular topic."(Nick Phelps, Reader, School of Geography, University of Southampton)"Learning from Clusters aims to examine key conceptual and empirical issues concerning clustering, learning, and regional development, assessing the relationship between spatial concentration and innovation. . is a worthy addition to library shelves, containing much that will be of interest to researchers of regional development and innovation." (Danny MacKinnon, Economic Geography, Vol. 83 (2), 2007)