Growth and Innovation of Competitive Regions

The Role of Internal and External Connections

  • Ugo Fratesi
  • Lanfranco Senn

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Foundations of Growth in Interconnected Territories

    1. Alberto Bramanti, Massimiliano R. Riggi
      Pages 29-44
    2. Giuseppe Folloni
      Pages 45-58
    3. Alberto Bramanti, Ugo Fratesi
      Pages 59-91
  3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Regions Faced with External Competition

  4. The Factors of Development in Advanced Regions

  5. Methods and Theories for the Study of Interconnected Territories

  6. Conclusions

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 363-368

About this book


This volume investigates the dynamics of regional performance in advanced countries and the mechanisms that allow some regions to grow more rapidly than others, to become and remain more competitive in the long run. The authors show how the capability of regions to innovate is enhanced by a large number of factors, including entrepreneurship, clustering, creativity, new technologies, human capital and the presence of internal, intra-regional, and external, extra-regional, connections. The book is mainly theoretical, but all chapters also analyze the policy consequences. Moreover, the empirical results reinforce the theoretical findings and as such are more broadly applicable and not bound to the specific case. The general reach of the theoretical arguments, and the focus on policy consequences, make this book helpful for both scholars and policymakers.


Internal and External Connections/Networks Regional Competitiveness Regional Factors of Development Regional Growth Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship cluster development evolution growth innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ugo Fratesi
    • 1
  • Lanfranco Senn
    • 2
  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Università BocconiMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-70923-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-70924-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9602
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