Collaborative innovation in a local authority –: ‘local economic development-by-project’?

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This paper analyses how local authorities address the challenges of prolonged austerity by making use of collaborative innovation, financed through bidding for instrumental technology-based projects. Based on two case study projects within a local authority in England, analysis shows how local authority managers change their role, from brokers before and during bidding, to institution-builders during implementation, and networkers when attempting to capture long-term value from the projects. The findings also highlight the limits of this approach, as the limited nature of the projects makes it difficult for local authorities to capture long-term value, especially if there is no follow-up funding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Management Review
Early online date5 Mar 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The work was supported by the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON)


  • collaborative
  • innovation
  • local economic development


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