The role of Institutions in the Regional Knowledge Economy


  • Anna Golejewska Uniwersytet Gdański, Wydział Ekonomiczny, Katedra Ekonomiki Integracji Europejskiej,



institutions, innovativeness, regional economy, theoretical analysis


The article discusses the significance of institutions in the development of a regional knowledge-based economy. Institutions are active at different arenas grouped into levels of inter-re- lation, scales of governance, and systems. Thus, the understanding the role of institutions requires carefully selected categories that reveal all these arenas. The theoretical analysis focuses on regional development and innovativeness. It indicates problems related to measurement of institutions and establishing the right combination of formal and informal institutions. The paper compares theoretical concepts focused on institutions and systems as the key determinants of regional innovativeness. The results show that they emphasize different elements and mechanisms of innovation processes, and thus a different role of institutions. They seem to play the most important part in regional systems of innovation and innovative clusters.


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Author Biography

Anna Golejewska, Uniwersytet Gdański, Wydział Ekonomiczny, Katedra Ekonomiki Integracji Europejskiej,

Anna Golejewska, PhD, is a member of the staff of the Chair of Economics of European Integration at the Faculty of Economics of Gdańsk University. She lectures on widely understood economy and regional policy, including the system of implementation of EU structural funds in Poland. She is a member of the Team of Experts assessing project applications under the Pomorskie Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme, the Human Capital Operational Programme and the Innovative Economy 2007–2013 Operational Programme. She has authored numerous publications devoted to competitiveness issues. She is a member of the Regional Studies Association.


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How to Cite

Golejewska, A. (2013). The role of Institutions in the Regional Knowledge Economy. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 22, 65–82.