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Edited by Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka and Dorothy McCormick

Industrial Clusters and Innovation Systems in Africa: Institutions, Markets and Policy

Industrial Clusters and Innovation Systems in Africa

Industrial Clusters and Innovation Systems in Africa
Edited by Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka and Dorothy McCormick

ISBN 92-808-1137-1
ISBN 978-92-808-1137-7
400 pages; paper; US$38.00
May 2007

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This book is the first to examine the incidence and role of clusters as a viable and increasingly important form of industrial organization in Africa. It presents a series of theoretically grounded case studies that analyze clusters in different industrial sectors and at different levels of economic development.

The overall aim of this book is to improve our understanding of how local clusters can be transformed into local systems of innovation and how local clusters can be better connected to global actors. The authors draw out implications for policy and practice and provide guidance to governments, private sector associations, and non-governmental organisations.

The book reaches two broad conclusions. Firstly the case studies show that any theoretical framework for analyzing innovation in clusters needs to closely reflect the role of policy, the State, the types of institutions, and the nature and distribution of power. Secondly, the findings illustrate the limitations of trying to transfer best practices onto programmes in a different context: policies can draw on others' experience, but they must be specifically designed for local realities.


Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is a Professor of Technology, Innovation and Development and Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Dorothy McCormick is Associate Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

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