Inspired by the success of geographical clustering in California, many governments pursue cluster policy in the hope to build the next Silicon Valley. In this paper we critically assess the relationship between geographical clustering and public policy. With the help of a range of theoretical insights and case study examples we show that cluster policy in fact is a risky\ venture, especially when it is tried to copy the success of regional ‘best practices’. Therefore, we advise policymakers to move away from the Silicon Valley model and to modestly start from a place-specific approach of ‘Regional Realism’
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Citation: Hospers, Gert-Jan, Pierre Desrochers, and Frederic Sautet. "The Next Silicon Valley? On the Relationship Between Geographical Clustering and Public Policy." International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal 4 (2008).