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International Practices of Smart Development

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Edited By Robertas Jucevicius, Jurgita Bruneckiene and Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

Smart people make a smart city. This volume presents a collection of papers on the concept of smartness, smart development and the international practices in the field. There are five key topic areas: the conceptual, smart economy, smart specialisation, smart city and public governance. The concept of a smart social system is grounded on comparative analysis of competing concepts such as intelligence, knowledge driven, digital, learning, networked, innovative, agile and sustainable.
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Jaime del Castillo, Jonatan Paton & Belen Barroeta - A Governance Model for Smart Specialisation

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Jaime del Castillo

University of Basque Country, Bilbao, SPAIN

Jonatan Paton & Belen Barroeta

INFYDE, Las Arenas-Getxo, SPAIN

A Governance Model for Smart Specialisation

Introduction

The current context of the economies reflects an unprecedented complexity and uncertainty. As part of the unstoppable globalisation, there are more and more players competing for their place in a market that has not grown to the same extent. Along with this, the social and environmental challenges determine the major competitive trends. The territories faced this context with a dilemma on how to use their assets in the most efficient and effective way versus the global determinants. The aim is to contribute to the generation of wealth and employment and achieve a development path to increase living standards.

In this context, the concept of Smart Specialisation as a territorial development model that seeks to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of economic systems with the aim of contributing to sustainable development has emerged strongly in Europe.

One of the most valuable aspects and which is differential over previous models is the special emphasis set on governance, understood from the dual perspective of system and process. System understood as the relations between all actors, and the process as a whole of stages that allow reflection, agreements and act in one direction and with shared goals.

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