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Inclusive innovation in cities: from buzzword to policy

Lee, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-4138-7163 (2023) Inclusive innovation in cities: from buzzword to policy. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2023.2168637


‘Inclusive innovation’ has become an increasingly important subnational policy agenda. This paper reviews this agenda, critiques its current usage and presents a new framework for how the concept can be applied by city government. Efforts to shape the direction, improve participation in and share the benefits of innovation should be an important part of place-based innovation policy. Yet, inclusive innovation strategies face three related problems: neophilia, a tendency for technological fixes and the lack of local powers. The paper concludes with a framework for how the concept could be used by policymakers to link innovation with better distributional outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2023 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
JEL classification: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 15:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2024 21:09

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