Title: Alberta: Policy inaction, crises, unintended consequences and cluster success in the semi-periphery

Authors: Brian Wixted

Addresses: Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5A 1S6, Canada

Abstract: The developmental state literature has typically focused attention on the role of nation-state actors. However, cities are increasingly important centres of innovation and commerce (OECD, 2006). Thus as national state policy instruments are progressively governed by international conventions (Wade, 2003), can non-national level actors influence industry development? This paper explores the role of policy in the development of Calgary's (Alberta, Canada) wireless cluster. The paper shows that while the Alberta Government was important in the early phase, it withdrew leaving the cluster struggling through recent crises. Policy suggestions that are pro-market and pro-innovation and relevant to the context are indicated.

Keywords: technology; globalisation; developmental state; cities; wireless industries; cluster policies; Canada; industrial clusters; wireless technology; wireless communications; industrial development; industrial policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2012.045299

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2012 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.128 - 151

Published online: 31 Oct 2014 *

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