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Pontus Braunerhjelm and Maryann P. Feldman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207183.001.0001

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Local Antecedents and Trigger Events: Policy Implications of Path Dependence for Cluster Formation

Local Antecedents and Trigger Events: Policy Implications of Path Dependence for Cluster Formation

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(p.243) 12 Local Antecedents and Trigger Events: Policy Implications of Path Dependence for Cluster Formation
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Cluster Genesis
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David A. Wolfe

Meric S. Gertler (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207183.003.0012

This chapter considers the degree of path dependency in cluster origin and development. One issue that continues to bedevil the analysis of clusters is the question of their origins and the relative importance of chance events, or serendipity as opposed to planned policy actions. Much of the literature on path dependency, and a certain stream of analysis in the literature on clusters, suggests that they are frequently seeded by chance events or by policy initiatives that frequently had a different intention than the support and development of a cluster. This chapter presents a more nuanced view where more weight is allocated to the role of policies in generating and developing clusters.

Keywords:   policy actions, path dependency, lock-in, serendipity

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