Towards a localised and comprehensive innovation policy in the EU
by Jan Franke; John Dodd
International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (IJIRD), Vol. 3, No. 6, 2011

Abstract: This paper argues that EU policy makers must draw together market, social and public innovation, often already supported at the local level, if contemporary and future challenges are to be successfully addressed. Innovation has increased in importance for European policy making over many years, particularly as the post-recession search for economic growth gathers pace. Yet until now the focus has emphasised market actors and economic outcomes, ignoring the potential of social and public innovation. A new bottom-up approach based on a comprehensive understanding of innovation will have local authorities at its core, due to the existing excellence displayed at this level in supporting and delivering innovation today.

Online publication date: Tue, 01-Nov-2011

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