The way in which Europe is governed has changed dramatically recently. These changes have clear implications for the way in which aims, problems and solutions are formulated at the regional and local levels of European politics. This book gives evidence from the Scandinavian-Baltic region.
Industrial Policy & European Regions has also grown out of an interest to illuminate methodological issues in the field of institutional economics and organizational theory.
- It gives theoretical and empirical evidence of how the Europeanisation at the regional level depends on alliances between regional authorities and private companies.
- By defining the role of the regions in terms of three governance structures, and by enlightening these structures empirically, it contributes to a better understanding of the concept 'multi-level governance'.
- Issues on state-firm and state-locality interaction are discussed in view of various institutional theories and mechanisms for institutional change, which point to the role of social capital in public policy implementation organizations.
The book is intended for specialized studies within graduate programmes in Economics, Political Science and Geography. Moreover, there is a growing number of researchers working in this field and civil servants at all levels of governance who have to define a new role for themselves in European integration processes.