The Global Competitiveness of Regions
The aim of this book is to consider theoretically the notion of the global competitiveness of regions, as well as giving attention as to how such competitiveness may be empirically measured. With this in mind, the book has three specific objectives: first, to place the concept of regional competitiveness within the context of regional economic development theory; second, to present a rationale and method for quantifying the global competitiveness of regions; and, third, to undertake the most geographically widespread analysis of regional competitiveness differences across the globe. With regard to the third goal, the analysis incorporates more than 500 regions across Europe, North and South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and the so-called BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
State Of The Innovation Union
The Innovation Union was placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy in 2010 with the aim to foster Europe’s capacity to innovate. Innovation is indeed considered essential to preserve and improve Europe’s competitiveness and its ability to create jobs and to tackle societal challenges. Four years after its launch, this Staff Working Document (SWD) takes stock of how it has been implemented and what first results it has delivered, keeping in mind that the Innovation Union is a ten years long strategy.