This book provides a systematic, comprehensive, and independent
comparative study of cluster policies in Europe. It focuses upon
one very important relationship that has so far been neglected in
the literature, namely, the extent to which the complex dynamics of
multi-level governance (MLG) are responding to the problems and
challenges faced by clusters, in particular the extent to which MLG
learns and supports cluster learning. A range of low-tech (footwear
and clothing), medium-tech (furniture and film), and high-tech
(automotive and ICT) clusters at different evolutionary stages are
studied in Germany, Italy, the UK, Slovenia, the Czech Republic,
and Romania. The book explores their origins and evolution, firm
configurations and interactions, knowledge sources, labour markets,
levels of internationalisation, and institutional and policy
frameworks. Utilising multiple methods that combine quantitative
and qualitative data collected face-to-face from senior
representatives of some 500 firms and institutions, the authors
provide an interdisciplinary analysis and precise policy
recommendations at cluster, regional, national, and EU levels.
Cluster Policies in Europe will be invaluable for policy makers,
advisors and management consultants in Europe and elsewhere. It
will also prove essential for students and scholars of
international business and management, regional, institutional and
industrial economics, political economy, innovation, governance,
and European studies.
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