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From “Techniums” to “Emptiums” : the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales

MacKenzie, Niall and Jones Evans, Dylan and Pugh, Rhiannon (2018) From “Techniums” to “Emptiums” : the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the use of European Union (EU) structural funds to support the development of innovation policy within Wales during the period 2000-2006. Drawing on data from the Welsh Government and interviews with key stakeholders, it focuses specifically on the Technium programme, a high-profile technology-based innovation intervention that took a predominantly supply-side approach to supporting innovation, resulting in its eventual failure. Consistent within this is an analysis of the efficacy of supply-side policies using EU funds to support research and development activities to aid economic growth in peripheral, weaker regions.