Alberta: Policy Inaction, Crises, Unintended Consequences and Cluster Success in the Semi-Periphery

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Int. J. of Technology and Globalisation, 2012 Vol.6, No.1/2, pp.128 - 151.
http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=45299

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2012
Keywords: 
Technology
Globalisation
Developmental state
Cities
Wireless industries
Cluster policies
Canada
Industrial clusters
Wireless technology
Wireless communications
Industrial development
Industrial policy
Abstract: 

The developmental state literature has typically focused attention on the role of nation-state actors. However, cities are increasingly important centres of innovation and commerce (OECD, 2006). Thus as national state policy instruments are progressively governed by international conventions (Wade, 2003), can non-national level actors influence industry development? This paper explores the role of policy in the development of Calgary's (Alberta, Canada) wireless cluster. The paper shows that while the Alberta Government was important in the early phase, it withdrew leaving the cluster struggling through recent crises. Policy suggestions that are pro-market and pro-innovation and relevant to the context are indicated.

 

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English
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