Title: Cluster behaviour and economic development: new challenges in policy evaluation

Authors: Philip Raines

Addresses: European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, 40 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, UK

Abstract: This paper investigates the methodological and political consequences of using cluster approaches for assessment of spatial development policy making. Assessment does not only refer to measures and programmes of cluster development but also to the cluster approach as a whole. The analysis is concentrated on options of how to adapt existing approaches of economic development evaluation to the challenges of cluster policy. A critical view is given on necessary additional functions the assessment of cluster policy has to serve compared to conventional approaches.

Keywords: spatial policy making; cluster policy and performance; evaluation of spatial policies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2003.003369

International Journal of Technology Management, 2003 Vol.26 No.2/3/4, pp.191 - 204

Published online: 05 Sep 2003 *

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