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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Innovation Systems and Development

Innovation Systems and Development

(p.566) Chapter 33 Innovation Systems and Development
International Development

José Eduardo Cassiolato

Marcelo G Pessoa de Matos

Helena M M Lastres

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the connections between development and the innovation system approach, which represents a powerful instrument for understanding and orienting policies to promote learning, innovation, and competence building. It considers innovation, knowledge, and systemic learning as central elements of development, and establishes a bridge between the territory, social and political contexts, and economic activities. The experiences discussed in the chapter underline the importance of understanding the unique characteristics and development trajectories of each region and country. Learning and innovation are not restricted to a group of “advanced” actors, activities, and regions/countries but are processes that underpin any kind of economic (and sociocultural) activity. Activities capable of mobilizing productive inclusion and improving essential public goods and services deserve special attention. The results underline the need to overcome the trap of ignoring territories and contexts and dissociating economic from social development, both in research and in policy programs.

Keywords:   international development, innovation systems, local innovation and production systems, interactive learning and capabilities, inclusion, ST&I policy, industrial policy

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