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Research Handbook on Innovation Governance for Emerging Economies

Towards Better Models Edited by Stefan Kuhlmann, Chair, Foundations of Science, Technology and Society, University of Twente, the Netherlands and Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros, University of Twente, the Netherlands and Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Although in recent years some emerging economies have improved their performance in terms of R&D investment, outputs and innovative capacity, these countries are still blighted by extreme poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Hence, emerging countries are exposed to conditions which differ quite substantially from the dominant OECD model of innovation policy for development and welfare. This Research Handbook contributes to the debate by looking at how innovation theory, policy and practice interact, and explains different types of configurations in countries that are characterized by two contrasting but mutually reinforcing features: systemic failure and resourcefulness. Focusing on innovation governance and public policies, it aims to understand related governance failures and to explore options for alternative, more efficient approaches.
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78347 190 4
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  • Development Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
Although in recent years some emerging economies have improved their performance in terms of research and development (R&D) investment, outputs and innovative capacity, these countries are still blighted by extreme poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Hence, emerging countries are exposed to conditions which differ quite substantially from the dominant OECD model of innovation policy for development and welfare. This Research Handbook contributes to the debate by looking at how innovation theory, policy and practice interact, and explains different types of configurations in countries that are characterized by two contrasting but mutually reinforcing features: systemic failure and resourcefulness. Focusing on innovation governance and public policies, it aims to understand related governance failures and to explore options for alternative, more efficient approaches.

This book brings to the fore new concepts, theories and questions about the Global South, across multiple disciplines. It discusses specific country cases, exploring overarching patterns and lessons that address development bottlenecks and policy designs aimed at improving quality of life and economic progress in emerging economies.

Defining more adequate development strategies by balancing economic well-being with social inclusion, this book will be of great interest to scholars, students and policy makers of innovation, growth and development studies.
‘This Research Handbook addresses head-on one of the main challenges of the 21st century: how to realize the new Sustainable Development Goals in emerging economies and developing countries. The contributors not only offer first-rate and original research, but also daringly take normative stances on how to better use knowledge, science, technology and innovation for development. The volume critically reviews existing innovation policies and convincingly offers a comprehensive set of alternative models. The turn from a traditional growth-based innovation policy to a more socially inclusive policy transcends the divide between development studies and science, technology and innovation studies. This book therefore is also highly relevant for the emerging field of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation).’
– Wiebe E. Bijker, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

‘This Research Handbook brings together critical and constructive voices from scholars from the Global South. They give examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, illustrating barriers and opportunities when it comes to policy efforts to mobilize knowledge and innovation for inclusive development. The authors show that to turn barriers into opportunities requires a threefold effort: adaptation of theories to context, building policy capabilities and investing in social capital. This book represents a useful step toward defining more adequate development strategies balancing economic well-being with social inclusion.’
– Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark
Contributors: B.A. Adebowale, R. Arocena, L. Becerra, P. Catalán, C. Chaminade, P. Delvenne, A. Djeflat, G. Dutrénit, M. Fressoli, S. Garrido, P. Juarez, S. Kuhlmann, A.M. Loconto, S. Mani, G.M. Marcelle, G. Ordóñez-Matamoros, J. Orozco, A.A. Oyewale, R. Padilla-Pérez, M. Puchet, B. Rennkamp, E. Robles-Belmont, M. Salazar, M. Scerri, E. Simbua, W.O. Siyanbola, J. Sutz, H. Thomas, F. Thoreau, D. Vinck, J. Voeten

Contents:

Introduction: Governance of Innovation in Emerging Countries: Understanding Failures and Exploring Options
Stefan Kuhlmann and Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros

PART I THEORETICAL CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
1. Dancing Without Listening to the Music: Learning From Some Failures of the ‘National Innovation Systems’ in Latin America
Pierre Delvenne and François Thoreau

2. Science, Technology and Innovation Policy that is Responsive to Innovation Performers
Gillian M. Marcelle

3. Out Of Sync: Innovation Policy and Theory in Unequal Societies
Britta Rennkamp

4. Modes of Innovation and the Prospects for Economic Development in South Africa and Tanzania
Mario Scerri

5. Emerging Innovation Systems (EIS) and Take-off Issues in North African Economies: Evidence From Algeria
Abdelkader Djeflat

PART II GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
6. The Challenge of Alignment and Barriers for the Design and Implementation of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Innovation Systems in Developing Countries
Cristina Chaminade and Ramón Padilla-Pérez

7. Tensions of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Mexico: Analytical Models, Institutional Evolution, National Capabilities and Governance
Gabriela Dutrénit and Martín Puchet

8. The Colombian System of Science, Technology and Innovation in Transition: How Governance is Being Affected
Mónica Salazar

9. ‘Tinkering’ With Tea: Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in Tanzania’s Agricultural Research System
Allison Loconto and Emmanuel Simbua

10. Innovation and Inclusive Growth in the Small-Scale Fishing Sector of the Fonseca Gulf, Central America
Jeffrey Orozco

11. Policy Spree or Policy Paralysis: an Evaluation of India’s Efforts at Encouraging Firm-Level Innovative Activities
Sunil Mani

12. Nigeria's STI Policy and the Dilemma of Implementation
A.A. Oyewale, B.A. Adebowale and W.O. Siyanbola

PART III INNOVATION PRACTICE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
13. Science, Technology and Innovation for What? Exploring the Democratization of Knowledge as an Answer
Rodrigo Arocena and Judith Sutz

14. Inclusive Innovation in Small Producers’ Clusters in Vietnam: Policy Implications From Grounded Theory
Jaap Voeten

15. The Dynamics of Communitarian Innovation: The Case of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Systems in Costa Rica
Pablo Catalán

16. Foundations and Philanthropic Organizations in the Development of New Science and Technology: The Case of Micro and Nanotechnology in Mexico
Eduardo Robles-Belmont and Dominique Vinck

17. Theoretical and Policy Failures in Technologies and Innovation for Social Inclusion: The Cases of Social Housing, Renewal Energy and Food Production in Argentina
Hernán Thomas, Lucas Becerra, Mariano Fressoli, Santiago Garrido and Paula Juarez

Index