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Learning Economies, Innovation Systems and European Integration


  • Birgitte Gregersen
  • Bjorn Johnson


GREGERSEN B. and JOHNSON B. (1997) Learning economies, innovation systems and European integration, Reg. Studies 31, 479-490. This paper uses the 'learning economy' as an analytical framework to discuss how the process of European integration affects national systems of innovation. European integration is described as a process of institutional learning. It is argued that European integration will not do away with national systems of innovation in Europe and that only a very partial European system of innovation in a narrow sense of the term is likely to emerge in the not too distant future. GREGERSEN B. et JOHNSON B. (1997) Les economies d'apprentissage, les syste ¤ mes d'innovation et l'integration europeenne, Reg. Studies 31, 479-490. Cet article se sert de 'l'economie d'apprentissage' comme cadre analytique afin de discuter comment le processus d'integration europeenne influe sur les syste ¤ mes d'innovation nationaux. L'integration europeenne se voit presenter en tant qu'un processus d'apprentissage institutionnel. On affirme que l'integration europeenne ne supprimera pas les syste ¤ mes d'innovation nationaux en Europe et que seul un syste ¤ me d'innovation europeen tre ¤ s partiel au sens strict du terme risque de voir le jour dans un proche avenir. GREGERSEN B. und JOHNSON B. (1997) Lernende Wirtschaftswesen, Innovationssystem und Europa¨ische Integration, Reg. Studies 31, 479-490. Der vorliegende Aufsatz benutzt den Ausdruck 'lernendes Wirtschaftswesen' als analytischen Rahmenbegriff fu¨r eine Diskussion der Art und Weise, in der die Europa¨ische Integration sich auf Innovationssysteme spezifischer Volkswirtschaften auswirkt. Europa¨ische Integration wird als ein Prozess institutionellen Lernens aufgefasst. Es wird die Behauptung aufgestellt, dass europa¨ische Integration Innovationssysteme spezifischer Volkswirtschaften in Europa nicht abschafft, und dass sich in nicht allzu ferner Zukunft wahrscheinlich nur ein a¨usserst beschra¨nktes gesamteuropa¨isches System der Innovation im engeren Sinne durchsetzen wird.

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  • Birgitte Gregersen & Bjorn Johnson, 1997. "Learning Economies, Innovation Systems and European Integration," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(5), pages 479-490.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:31:y:1997:i:5:p:479-490 DOI: 10.1080/00343409750132270

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