The Early Experience of Smart Specialisation Implementation in EU Cohesion Policy

Philip McCann, Raquel Ortega Argiles

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This paper discusses the early-stage experience of the smart specialization agenda within EU Cohesion Policy. The analysis examines the types of policy prioritization choices made by different member states and regions and seeks evidence on the extent to which weaker regions, in particular, might be constrained in their choices. The paper then reviews the evidence arising out of various surveys of policy-makers' own experience and perceptions of the agenda, and concludes with a discussion of the major features of the policy progress so far and the main challenges ahead.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1407-1427
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Innovation
  • regions
  • policy
  • experience

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