This book focuses on the main challenges that cities, regions and other territories at sub-national level face when it comes to designing and implementing a territorial strategy for economic development and competitiveness. There is a widespread recognition that territories need to construct strategies that focus on shaping sustainable competitive advantages. To do this they draw upon their own unique resources and capabilities alongside intelligence on existing technological and market trends. However, there is still a notorious lack of both theoretical and empirical research on this issue.

The first part of this book develops a theoretical framework for understanding and analysing territorial strategy. This framework asks three questions of territorial strategy – what for, what, and how – looking closely at the key relationship between strategy and policy. The second part is dedicated to exploring this framework in practice through application to a series of unique cases from around the world at different territorial levels, from regions such as the Basque Country, Navarre and Murcia in Spain, Okanagan (British Columbia) in Canada, Wales in the United Kingdom, and the cross-border region of the Øresund in Denmark–Sweden, as well as the city of Rafaela in Argentina. Each case offers something different and enables the framework to be thoroughly tested, generating concluding reflections that add real value for scholars and policy-makers interested in and working in the field of territorial strategy.

This volume is intended for the academic community, the policy community (government leaders, policy-makers, policy researchers and consultants) and university students and teachers at different levels interested in the areas of territorial competitiveness, regional development, competitiveness policies and processes of territorial strategy.

chapter 1|14 pages

Strategies for shaping territorial competitiveness

An introduction
ByJesús M. Valdaliso, James R. Wilson

part Part I|96 pages

A framework for analysing territorial strategy

chapter 2|20 pages

Territorial strategy

Deepening in the ‘what'
ByMikel Navarro

chapter 3|18 pages

What is regional strategy?

Lessons from business strategy
ByChristian Ketels

chapter 4|18 pages

Territorial strategy

Deepening in the ‘how'
ByMari José Aranguren, Miren Larrea

chapter 5|21 pages

Reconciling territorial strategies goals and means

Towards smart competitiveness policies
ByEdurne Magro, Claire Nauwelaers

chapter 6|17 pages

Evaluating territorial strategies

ByEdurne Magro, James R. Wilson

part |142 pages

Cases in territorial strategy

chapter 7|18 pages

The Basque Country

Past trajectory and path dependency in policy- and strategy-making
ByJesús M. Valdaliso

chapter 8|24 pages

Regional competitiveness and Schumpeterian development

Policy evolution in Wales
ByRobert Huggins, Rhiannon Pugh

chapter 9|17 pages

Reflecting on ‘how' territorial strategies form

The case of Rafaela, Argentina
ByPablo Costamagna, Mari José Aranguren, Miren Larrea

chapter 10|22 pages

Cross-bordering strategies for the Øresund region

Different eras and territorial strategies, but unrevealed potential
ByChristian Tangkjær, Ola Jonsson

chapter 11|24 pages

Regional social and economic development in the Okanagan, Canada

Envisioning the future to initiate a strategy
ByKeith Culver, Nicky Dhaliwal, Malida Mooken, Roger Sugden

chapter 12|25 pages

Constructing research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3)

Lessons from practice in three European regions
ByMari José Aranguren, Mikel Navarro, James R. Wilson

chapter 13|10 pages

Where next for territorial strategy?

Concluding remarks and a call to arms
ByJesús M. Valdaliso, James R. Wilson