2020 Ainhoa Arrona, Susana Franco and James R. Wilson Competitiveness Review, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp.119-136English // Keywords: Competitiveness, Governance, Colaborative innovation, Place-based policy, Policy innovation, Public innovation
The purpose of this paper is to explore the link between collaborative governance arrangements for place-based competitiveness and public innovation. It combines a conceptual discussion of the links between collaborative governance, competitiveness policy and public innovation with a case study analysis of aspecific governance process that aims at adapting policy to respond to local competitiveness challenges in the Basque province of Biscay. The conceptual discussion leads to the hypothesis of a new distinction with respect to how governance relates to public innovation. Innovation can occur in governance, through governance or with governance. The analysis of the case supports this distinction. Multi-actor collaboration for competitiveness policymaking (innovation in governance) has led to policy innovation (innovation through governance). This has also promoted emerging administrative changes that could be conducive to a more innovative publicsector in general (innovation with governance). These findings validate arguments posed by proponents of collaborative innovation that suggest that multi-actor collaboration is a driver for public sector innovation.The value of the paper rests on linking theoretically and empirically two relevant andcurrently popular phenomena: networked governance for place-based competitiveness policymaking and public sector innovation. The paper provides original insights from the practice of building a process forc ontext-sensitive policymaking that can inspire practitioners with similar problems.