An Appraisal of the European Cluster Observatory

David Pickernell, Andrew Crawley

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    This paper considers the work of the European Cluster Observatory (ECO) in light of current debates around the notion of clusters. This work examines the definitions employed by the ECO and questions how effective policy can be when using restrictive means of analysis. Further, the work contends that, far from this being purely an analytical problem, there also exists a fundamental semantic issue regarding the term economic cluster.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)207 - 211
    Number of pages4
    JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


    • clusters
    • regional policy
    • agglomeration economies
    • regional economic development


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