Special Issue "Cluster Policy: Institutional and International Perspectives"
A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2017)
Dr. Maximilian Benner
Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University, Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
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Interests: regional structural policy and industrial policy (incl. innovation policy); cluster policy and smart specialisation; Middle Eastern political economy; Industrialization and structural transformation in the Middle East and North Africa; tourism policy and tourism clusters
Cluster policy has been a major topic in economic policy, both in industrialized and developing countries, for roughly two decades. Now that many cluster policies have been tried—some successfully, some less—it is worthwhile to compare lessons learned both from an international comparative perspective, and in relation to the institutional embeddedness of clusters and policies directed at them. Which cluster policies are being pursued in which institutional context? Are these policies adapted to their institutional setting? Or do they tend to follow a "one-size fits all" attitude? Do they allow for changing circumstances? And which role do they play in the context of political or societal transitions?
To address these questions, Administrative Sciences is soliciting articles for publication in a Special Issue. Articles should treat one of the following topics:
- Case studies of cluster policies and their adaptation to their institutional context
- Comparative studies of cluster policies in different institutional contexts
- Ways to embed cluster policies into institutional contexts
- Cluster policy in countries in transition, and their rationales
- Newer developments in cluster policy
Dr. Maximilian Benner
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Benner, Maximilian (2012): Cluster Policy: Principles and a Toolbox. SPACES online, Vol. 10, Issue 2012-01. Toronto and Heidelberg: www.spaces-online.com.
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