Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Clusters have increasingly dominated local and regional development policies in recent decades and the growing intellectual and political interest for clusters and clustering is the prime motivation for this Handbook.

Charlie Karlsson unites leading experts to present a thorough overview of economic cluster research.

‘The Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory is exactly the type of book that I wish had been available when I embarked upon my PhD. . . the Handbook brings together in one place a range of stimulating viewpoints on clustering, and its implications for urban and regional development. As such, it is an excellent grounding in cluster theory for both new students and established researchers new to the field. . . the 18 chapters within provide a valuable reference for those wishing to get to grips with the academic debate surrounding cluster formation and perpetuation; as such, the Handbook would be a valuable addition to many bookshelves.’
– Jonathan Reades, Environment and Planning B

‘Karlsson has assembled a strong mix of papers that collectively provide a good sense of some of the latest research in the field.’
– Edward Feser, Review of Regional Studies

‘This is a book every regional scientist and spatial analyst should have on their bookshelf. Like most Handbook type publications it provides depth and breadth on the basics of the industrial clustering concept. However, unlike most of these type of collections, it goes beyond the foundation material to identify and speculate on questions that are emerging on the research frontiers such as at the intersection of cluster theory and agglomeration processes, knowledge spillovers and technology transfer – not to mention the obvious link to economic development theory, policy and practice.’
– Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, US

‘This eclectic volume presents a host of methods to describe tendencies for the joint location of economic agents in space. And it illustrates useful applications of these concepts in diverse fields – financial services, culture, tourism, and industry, to name just a few.’
– John M. Quigley, University of California, US

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