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Research and Development, Competitiveness and European Integration of South Eastern Europe


  • Slavo Radosevic


This article explores the relationship between research and development (R&D) and competitiveness of South East European (SEE) economies from the perspective of European Union (EU) integration. Specifically, the article addresses the question of whether South East Europe is a potential asset or liability to the enlarged EU. SEE countries are quite diverse in terms of levels of competitiveness, with visible effects on the role of R&D, which is confirmed by analysis of R&D demand and supply factors. Improvements in the national innovation systems of SEE countries have largely taken place through vertical linkages on the supply and demand sides. However, a wider role for R&D will depend increasingly on the strength of horizontal linkages within national systems of innovation and their key agent—the local innovative business enterprise sector. This calls for a rethinking of science and technology policy, traditionally defined as a sectoral activity.

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  • Slavo Radosevic, 2009. "Research and Development, Competitiveness and European Integration of South Eastern Europe," Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 61(4), pages 621-650.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ceasxx:v:61:y:2009:i:4:p:621-650
    DOI: 10.1080/09668130902826212

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