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National innovation systems: Can they be copied?

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  • Varblane, Urmas
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    This chapter discusses the application of the national system approach in the catching up economies. It criticizes the assumption that there exists an optimal one-sizefits-all national innovation system model. The example is the Estonia-Finland case, in which Finland's national innovation system is being applied to Estonia. We argue that innovation is path dependent and that factors such as distance from the current technological frontier (latecomer or frontrunner) and different national knowledge bases must be considered when developing a national innovation system for a specific country. The aim of the chapter is thus two-fold: 1) we are interested in how the concept of innovation is presented and reproduced within the national context and 2) exploring the adverse effects of (re)producing National Innovations Systems in an uncritical and unreflexive manner. --

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    Paper provided by OrdnungsPolitisches Portal (OPO) in its series Discourses in Social Market Economy with number 2012-02.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:opodis:201202

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    Keywords: National Innovation System; Copy; Estonia;

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    1. Erkki Karo & Rainer Kattel, 2010. "The Copying Paradox: Why Converging Policies but Diverging Capacities in Eastern European Innovation Systems?," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 2(2), pages 167-206, October.
    2. Kolev, Stefan, 2010. "Der bulgarische Weg seit 1989: Wachstum ohne Ordnung?," Discourses in Social Market Economy 2010-12, OrdnungsPolitisches Portal (OPO).
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