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The Copying Paradox: Why Converging Policies but Diverging Capacities in Eastern European Innovation Systems?


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  • Erkki Karo

    (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

  • Rainer Kattel

    (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)


This paper analyzes the development of Eastern European innovation systems since the 1990s by looking at the theoretical and empirical accounts of two discourses that have had a significant impact on the development of innovation systems: innovation policy and public administration and management. We propose a framework for analyzing the development of innovation policies by distinguishing between two concepts – policy and administrative capacity – that are necessary for innovation policy making and implementation. Using the framework we show how the Eastern European innovation systems have because of past legacies and international policy transfers developed a highly specific understanding of innovation policy based on the initial impact of the Washington Consensus policies and later the European Union. We argue that because of the interplay between the principles and policy recommendations of the two international discourses we can see the emergence of a “copying paradox” in Eastern European innovation systems: that is, despite the perception of policy convergence, we can witness a divergence in the policy from the intended results, and as a result can talk about limited and de-contextualized policymaking capacities.

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Article provided by Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in its journal International Journal of Institutions and Economies.

Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 167-206

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Handle: RePEc:umk:journl:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:167-206

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Keywords: - administrative capacity; catch-up; innovation policy; Eastern Europe;

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  1. Varblane, Urmas, 2012. "National innovation systems: Can they be copied?," Discourses in Social Market Economy 2012-02, OrdnungsPolitisches Portal (OPO).


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