Smart Specialisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy: A Book Review by Kevin Morgan

Smart Specialisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy: A Book Review by Kevin Morgan

In “Smart Specialisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy”, Kevin Morgan reviews Foray’s (2015) book. Morgan (2015) states that the book claims to be the first of its kind regarding a full analysis of both empirical and theoretical smart specialisation strategies (S3). In 93 pages, the book presents the relationships between theory, policy, and the stages of S3. The work opens with two different notions and designs — the smart specialisation process and the smart specialisation policy.

Should it begin or end with a debate of smart specialisation?

The book presents both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, the book offers a succinct and direct introduction to many of the main questions regarding the European Union’s regional policy community. On the other hand, the book only covers some issues. But, should the book begin or end with a debate of smart specialisation?

Further work will follow

This book has the advantage of being written by the “chief intellectual architect” of S3. Therefore, it offers an original understanding of the development of a concept that has received increasing attention from different communities over the last decade. In addition, it is doubtful that this is Foray’s last work concerning smart specialisation, and many people hope that some of the problems unaddressed in his first book will be explored in future projects. ONLINE S3 takes advantage of Foray’s work to develop a toolbox to support the (re)design and implementation of smart specialisation strategies across Europe.

 

For more information on this book review, please follow this link:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2015.1007572

 

Reference

Morgan, K. (2015). Smart specialisation: Opportunities and challenges for regional innovation policy. Regional Studies, 49(3), 480-482.

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