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dc.contributor.authorNunes, Richard J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHeitor, Manuel V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorConceição, Pedroen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-06T14:20:18Z
dc.date.available2012-04-06T14:20:18Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/43206
dc.descriptionProceedings of the the First Globelics Academy, Ph.D. School on National Systems of Innovation and Economic Development, Lisbon, Portugal 25 May - 4 June 2004.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe relevance of regional policy for less favoured regions (LFRs) reveals itself when policy-makers must reconcile competitiveness with social cohesion through the adaptation of competition or innovation policies. The vast literature in this area generally builds on an overarching concept of “social capital” as the necessary relational infrastructure for collective action diversification and policy integration, in a context much influenced by a dynamic of industrial change and a necessary balance between the creation and diffusion of knowledge through learning. This relational infrastructure or “social capital” is centred on people’s willingness to cooperate and envision futures as a result of social organization, such as networks, norms and trust that facilitate action and cooperation for mutual benefit (Putnam, 1993: 35). Advocates of this interpretation of “social capital” have adopted the “new growth” thinking behind “systems of innovation” and “competence building”, arguing that networks have the potential to make both public administration and markets more effective as well as learning trajectories more inclusive of the development of society as a whole. This essay aims to better understand the role of “social capital” in the production and reproduction of uneven regional development patterns, and to critically assess the limits of a “systems concept” and an institution-centred approach to comparative studies of regional innovation. These aims are discussed in light of the following two assertions: i) learning behaviour, from an economic point of view, has its determinants, and ii) the positive economic outcomes of “social capital” cannot be taken as a given. It is suggested that an agent-centred approach to comparative research best addresses the learning determinants and the consequences of social networks on regional development patterns. A brief discussion of the current debate on innovation surveys has been provided to illustrate this point.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectRegional policyen_US
dc.subjectLess favored regionsen_US
dc.subjectLFRsen_US
dc.subjectSocial cohesionen_US
dc.subjectSocial capitalen_US
dc.subjectInnovation surveysen_US
dc.titleTechnological Change and the challenges for Regional Development:building "social capital" in less-favoured regionen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGlobal Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systemsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameInstituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal). Centro de Estudos em Inovação, Tecnologia e Políticas de Desenvolvimentoen_US


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