Title: Cluster policy resilience: new challenges for a mature policy

Authors: James R. Wilson

Addresses: Orkestra and Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Mundaiz 50, San Sebastian, 20012, Spain

Abstract: Cluster policy has proved to be an extremely resilient feature of the regional competitiveness policy landscape over 30 years. To examine why cluster policies have become so widespread, this paper makes a clear conceptual distinction between clusters themselves, cluster policies, and cluster policy instruments. This distinction helps to disentangle the cross-over with other policies and provides the foundations for exploring new directions. Three sets of challenges for what is now a mature policy are highlighted: the links between clusters, cluster policies and territorial strategy processes; more effective evaluation of how different policy instruments influence what happens inside clusters; and harnessing the capacity of clusters to respond to social alongside economic challenges.

Keywords: clusters; cooperative dynamics; regional competitiveness; cluster policy; regional policy; territorial strategy; policy evaluation; social challenges.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2019.101642

International Journal of Business Environment, 2019 Vol.10 No.4, pp.371 - 382

Received: 11 Dec 2018
Accepted: 17 Dec 2018

Published online: 19 Aug 2019 *

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