© 2005

Learning from Clusters

A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective

  • Ron A. Boschma
  • Robert C. Kloosterman

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 80)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Ron A. Boschma, Robert C. Kloosterman
    Pages 1-15
  3. The ‘Cluster’ Model

  4. The Impacts of ICT and Externalities on Urban Development

  5. Concluding Remarks

    1. Robert C. Kloosterman, Ron A. Boschma
      Pages 391-406
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-433

About this book


Jan Lambooy retired in October 2002. When Jan was asked how he wanted to celebrate this occasion, he was adamant that no great festivities should take place. Characteristically, Jan wanted just a scientific conference so he “could learn something from it” and, as he insisted, no great festivities. So that is what we did and a conference was organised in Amsterdam on 25 October 2002, hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics of the University of Amsterdam. Friends of Jan’s from academia in the Netherlands and abroad participated and thus paid homage to Jan, both as a scientist and as a person. We are now very proud to present this festschrift, firstly as the palpable result of this conference and secondly as a token of sincere respect and great affection for Jan. Edited volumes run the danger of being a hotchpotch of contributions on a wide variety of topics. Here, we have explicitly focused on a central theme in contemporary economic geography and regional science, namely the relationship between learning, innovation and clustering. Internationally renowned scientists made both theoretical and empirical contributions to this volume. We think this book constitutes a broad palette of contemporary thinking and research on the relationship between spatial concentration and innovation and hope it will play a significant role in future debates on this issue.


Empirical Analysis agglomeration cluster development innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ron A. Boschma
    • 1
  • Robert C. Kloosterman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economic GeographyUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, AMIDStUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Learning from Clusters
  • Book Subtitle A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective
  • Editors Ron A. Boschma
    Robert C. Kloosterman
  • Series Title The GeoJournal Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3671-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6925-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3679-8
  • Series ISSN 0924-5499
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 434
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic Geography
    Geography, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"Clusters and clustering are popular policy tools much given to critical academic comment. The book explores this paradox, addressing convincingly the shortcomings of the cluster approach to the analysis of and intervention in economic development processes. In doing so, it presents a critical and thought-provoking perspective on the current state of the art. Its most penetrative contributions are on the conceptual and empirical level."
(Professor Phil Cooke, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University)

"This book brings together not only interesting new empirical studies of the clustering of economic activity but, more importantly, fresh critique and valuable new departure points for future theoretical and empirical work on this popular topic."
(Nick Phelps, Reader, School of Geography, University of Southampton)

"Learning from Clusters aims to examine key conceptual and empirical issues concerning clustering, learning, and regional development, assessing the relationship between spatial concentration and innovation. … is a worthy addition to library shelves, containing much that will be of interest to researchers of regional development and innovation." (Danny MacKinnon, Economic Geography, Vol. 83 (2), 2007)