Title: The Role of Government Institutions for Smart Specialisation and Regional Development S3 Policy Brief Series No. 04/2014
Authors: RODRÍGUEZ-POSE ANDRÉSDI CATALDO MARCORAINOLDI ALESSANDRO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC88935
ISBN: 978-92-79-69683-1 (print)
978-92-79-36413-6 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 26562 EN
OP LF-NA-26562-EN-C (print)
OP LF-NA-26562-EN-N (online)
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=7143
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC88935
DOI: 10.2791/969934
10.2791/71842
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) are trying to introduce a new vision of innovation policy in European regions. However, the success of RIS3 policy measures is closely dependent on the capacity of regional government institutions to act as coordinators or facilitators of the interventions. The way in which institutional mechanisms govern innovation processes and provide incentives for the interaction between regional actors remains a largely unexplored area of scientific research. This policy note discusses the importance of sound institutional frameworks for the effectiveness of smart specialisation, presenting an econometric study that investigates the link between government institutions and innovation. The empirical results confirm the key role played by governance structures for technological advances at the regional level, suggesting that the greatest gains in innovative capacity from institutional reforms would be obtained in peripheral territories where the initial level of government quality is lower. This analysis has important implications for the identification of the necessary pre-requisites for successful RIS3 strategies in EU regions.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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