Journal article

Regional clustering in Australia

1 Jan 2001
Description

Two seemingly competing tendencies, the globalisation of economic activity and
the localisation of industries, have captured the interest of scholars, economic
development professionals, and policymakers in recent years. While trends towards
globalisation of industries and companies might appear to reduce the importance
and distinctiveness of (sub-national) regions, a tendency towards localisation of
certain industries and economic activities appears to do exactly the opposite. The
simultaneous globalisation and localisation tendencies have created policy
challenges for national and local governments. One response to these challenges
has been a dramatic proliferation of regional development policies based on
regional clusters of firms and industries. This chapter explores the phenomena of
clustering in the international and Australian contexts. A brief description of public
policy initiatives, recent research and three brief case studies of regional initiatives
to foster the development of industry clustering in Australia are presented. The
conclusion discusses lessons and future directions for clustering in Australia.

Publication Details
Volume: 
26
Language: 
English
Published year only: 
2001
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