Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe

Place-based Development in International Economic Networks

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Mark Thissen, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Frank van Oort, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dario Diodato, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain and Arjan Ruijs, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Netherlands

Regions economically differ from each other – they compete in different products and geographical spaces, exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, and provide different possibilities for growth and development. What fosters growth in one region may hamper it in another. This highly original book presents an accessible methodology for identifying competitors and their particular circumstances in Europe, discusses regional competitiveness from a conceptual perspective and explores both past and future regional development policies in Europe.

‘In a world which increasingly requires place-based approaches to economic development, Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe offers a new methodology and a framework in order to promote the smart specialization of territories. Rich in examples and evidence, the book is an essential tool for the design of sound development strategies and a must read for policy-makers and development practitioners.’
– Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK

2014 264 pp Hardback 978 1 78254 515 6 £116.10 £89.00 $116.10 $129.00

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