Rethinking Irish cluster policy

Chris van Egeraat 1  and Eleanor Doyle 2
  • 1 Department of Geography, Maynooth University, , Maynooth, Ireland
  • 2 Competitiveness Institute, Department of Economics, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, , Cork, Ireland

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