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Path dependence in policies supporting smart specialisation strategies : Insights from the Basque case

Jesús M. Valdaliso (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain)
Edurne Magro (Orkestra-Basque Institute Of Competitiveness, San Sebastian, Spain)
Mikel Navarro (Orkestra-Basque Institute Of Competitiveness, San Sebastian, Spain)
Mari Jose Aranguren (Orkestra-Basque Institute Of Competitiveness, San Sebastian, Spain)
James R. Wilson (Orkestra-Basque Institute Of Competitiveness, San Sebastian, Spain)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to apply the path dependence theoretical framework to STI policies that support research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

Design/methodology/approach

Review of the recent literature on the phases, sources of reinforcement and change mechanisms (layering, conversion, recombination, etc.) present in path-dependent processes, as well as the role played by mental frameworks, political agents and power relations; and its illustration and testing over 30 years of STI policy development in the Basque Country.

Findings

How to operationalise the analysis of continuity and change of STI policies supporting RIS3 policies characterised by path dependence processes. Likewise, learnings from the analysis of Basque case regarding the types of challenges that European regions will face as they design their RIS3, according to their degree of maturity in STI policies.

Originality/value

It is the first time that the recently developed tools for analysis of path-dependent processes are applied to the development of STI policies supporting RIS3 policies.

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Acknowledgements

Financial support from MINECO (Grant No. HAR2012-30948) and the Basque Government (Grant No. IT807-13) is acknowledged.

Citation

M. Valdaliso, J., Magro, E., Navarro, M., Jose Aranguren, M. and R. Wilson, J. (2014), "Path dependence in policies supporting smart specialisation strategies : Insights from the Basque case", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 390-408. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-12-2013-0136

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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