Regional Competitive Intelligence: Benchmarking and Policymaking

Robert Huggins 1, *
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Abstract : Benchmarking exercises have become increasingly popular within the sphere of regional policymaking in recent years. The aim of this paper is to analyse the concept of regional benchmarking and its links with regional policymaking processes. It develops a typology of regional benchmarking exercises and regional benchmarkers, and critically reviews the literature, both academic and policy oriented. It is argued that critics who suggest regional benchmarking is a flawed concept and technique fail to take account of the variety and rapid development of regional benchmarking systems. It also suggested that while benchmarking exercises are informing policy adaptation and innovation, they have been constrained by political and financial factors. It is concluded that regional benchmarking is facilitating the heightened interaction and linkage necessitated by globalisation.
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Robert Huggins. Regional Competitive Intelligence: Benchmarking and Policymaking. Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2010, 44 (05), pp.639-658. ⟨10.1080/00343400802331312⟩. ⟨hal-00596611⟩

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