Title: Cross-border networking in the Saar-Lor-Lux Region? Risks and opportunities of regional economic policies

Authors: Ingrid Matthai

Addresses: ISO Institut fur Sozialforschung und Sozialwirtschaft, Trillerweg 68, D-66117 Saarbrucken, Germany

Abstract: Saarland and Lorraine are peripherial regions at the German-French border with similar economic problems. Both regions are trying to compensate for job losses in the coal, iron and steel industry by building up new industrial networks and by establishing an ||up-grading|| strategy following the innovative models of high-tech regions. In the following article, I will discuss the risks and opportunities of these regional economic policies, in particular the chances of gaining possible inter-regional advantages and synergies through cross-border networking activities.

Keywords: Saarland; Lorraine; France; Germany; regional economic policy; cross-border networking; regional innovation models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2004.004286

International Journal of Technology Management, 2004 Vol.27 No.5, pp.498 - 512

Published online: 08 Apr 2004 *

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