Across Europe, regional development agencies (RDAs) have become a central feature of regional policy, both as innovative policy-makers and as the implementers of programmes and initiatives originating from the national or European level. By drawing on a combination of conceptual reflection, surveys, comparative research, and systematic use of critical case studies, this book provides a new point of reference by identifying key features of the current, and, indeed next, generation of regionally-based economic development organisations.

chapter 1|6 pages

Regional development agencies: a generational story

ByNicola Bellini, Mike Danson, Henrik Halkier

chapter 2|17 pages

Multi-actor and multi-scalar regional development policies in the knowledge economy

ByMargareta Dahlström, Lise Smed Olsen, Henrik Halkier

chapter 3|28 pages

Regional development agencies, regional policy and knowledge dynamics

Surveying patterns and trends in Europe
ByHenrik Halkier

chapter 4|18 pages

The regional innovation agencies in Europe: a comparative analysis

ByFrancesco Prota, Annamaria Fiore, Maria Jennifer Grisorio

chapter 7|20 pages

Governing uneven development: the politics of local and regional development in England

ByAndy Pike, John Tomaney, Mike Coombes, Anja McCarthy

chapter 9|17 pages

Subregional development agencies – the Finnish experience

ByJukka Teräs, Ari Alatossava

chapter 13|20 pages

Smart RDAs in Europe: advanced practices

ByPhilip Cooke, Julie Porter

chapter 16|20 pages

The uneasy future of Italian RDAs: the good, the bad and the ugly

ByAlberto Bramanti, Paolo Rosso

chapter 17|23 pages

Swedish regions: networking, knowledge and regional change

ByMonica Johansson, David Rylander

chapter 18|5 pages

RDA futures?

ByNicola Bellini, Mike Danson, Henrik Halkier