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Regional innovation capacities in new member states: A typology

: Muller, E.; Doloreux, D.; Heraud, J.-A.; Jappe, A.; Zenker, A.


Journal of European integration 30 (2008), Nr.5, S.653-669
ISSN: 0703-6337
ISSN: 1477-2280
Fraunhofer ISI ()
new member state; regional innovation system; innovation; regional development; typology

The paper examines the characteristics and performance of regional innovation systems in 12 new member states of the European Union. More specifically, it develops a typology that differentiates their various potentials as innovative regions. Based on a principal component analysis, five different groups of regions are identified. The characteristic profile of each group is detailed and exploration of possible paths of innovation-based regional development is presented for each type of region. The paper concludes with an examination of policy implications emerging from the analysis.