Regions in Industrial Transition 2023
New Approaches to Persistent Problems
This report builds on work presented in the OECD’s 2019 report Regions in Industrial
Transition: Policies for People and Places. It considers industrial transition as
a complex and enduring challenge in regional development that traditional policy levers
have not always been able to satisfactorily address. Beginning with an overview of
how to characterise these regions, it then explores why they require tailored policy
approaches and posits whether adopting a more experimental path in governance arrangements
and policy initiatives could make inroads in meeting industrial transition objectives.
The report shares findings emanating from the experiences of eight regions and two
countries that designed and implemented experimental initiatives to advance their
industrial transition process and Smart Specialisation Strategies, with the support
of the European Commission. It features a framework of governance and policy areas
that influence industrial transition, and applicable to experimentation. Combining
this with insights from each experiment studied, the report presents a toolkit of
policy levers for policy makers grappling with industrial transition, and a checklist
for those wishing to apply an experimental approach to industrial transition initiatives.
Finally, the report contains a synopsis of the initiatives designed and implemented
by the regions and countries participating in this project.
Available from September 29, 2023
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