Framework Document on EDP
With this framework document, the project consortium is presenting its common vision on EDP management in the various phases of the policy cycle. The arguments presented here are derived from both a review of the existing theoretical literature and the experiences of the partner regions. After having analysed the concept of smart specialization in quite some detail (chapter 2), we will discuss the goals of EDP (chapter 3), its actors and processes (chapter 4), its governance structures and contextual factors as well as trans‐regional dimensions (chapter 5). The conceptual elaboration will be enriched by a “view from below”, which presents EDP governance structures and innovation practices in the partner regions (chapter 6). In doing so, we will be able to identify the implementation of EDP but also to point to potential shortcomings and bottlenecks in the process. The framework document is not intended to provide final results and policy recommendations. It rather serves to structure debates and to provide a stepping stone for the analysis of the reality of EDP in European regions.