The Associational Economy: Firms, Regions, and Innovation

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byPhilip Cooke, Kevin Morgan

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Philip Cooke and Kevin Morgan explore important issues of corporate reorganization in the context of heightened global competition. Their special focus is upon how firms associate with regional milieux. Innovation is a key factor in corporate and regional economic performance and the authorsshow how interactive innovation based on collective learning and associative practices are becoming increasingly significant. In-depth studies of inter-firm and firm-agency interactions are presented for four European regions: Baden-Wurttemberg and Emilia-Romagna as accomplished regional economies;Wales and the Basque Country as learning regions. The book is theoretically informed by an evolutionary economics perspective and draws policy conclusions which emphasise the importance of decentralized industrial policy in support of both corporate and regional economic development ambitions. Itconcludes that the associational economy may be the `third way' between state and market co-ordination of modern economies.

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Philip Cooke and Kevin Morgan explore important issues of corporate reorganization in the context of heightened global competition. Their special focus is upon how firms associate with regional milieux. Innovation is a key factor in corporate and regional economic performance and the authorsshow how interactive innovation based on coll...

Philip Cooke is editor of the journal European Planning Studies.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296592

ISBN - 13:9780198296591

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The Associational Economy: Introduction1. the Institutions of Innovation2. Firms as Laboratories: Re-inventing the Corporation3. The Region as a Nexus of Learning Processes4. Baden-WD"u rttemberg: The Evolution of a Model Region5. Emilia-Romagna: From Civic Culture to Global Networks6. Wales: Innovating through GlobalLocal Interaction7. The Basque Conundrum: Regional Autonomy and Economic Decline8. Evolutionary Processes and Regional Practices

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`...important book. What appears here is the state-of-the-art on the multilevel approach to industrial and developmental policies.'Marco Bellandi. Regional Studies. 1998.