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Government, Innovation and Technology Policy

An International Comparative Analysis Sunil Mani, Director and Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
This unique book offers a comprehensive analysis of the changing role of government with respect to domestic technology development in eight countries in both the developed and the developing world. The author distinguishes between those countries which can be classed as creators of new technologies (Japan, Korea and Israel) and those which possess the potential to create new technologies (Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Africa and Brazil).
Extent: 400 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 970 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
This unique book offers a comprehensive analysis of the changing role of government with respect to domestic technology development in eight countries in both the developed and the developing world. The author distinguishes between those countries which can be classed as creators of new technologies (Japan, Korea and Israel) and those which possess the potential to create new technologies (Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Africa and Brazil).

The author details the fiscal and non-fiscal policy measures each country employs to stimulate investments in R&D in the enterprise sector. He finds that, for financial instruments such as tax incentives and research grants to succeed, a strong emphasis also needs to be placed on non-fiscal policy measures. The most important of these is human resource development which is emphasised as an integral component of successful innovation policy. The book is written in a manner which allows the comparison of results between each country.

Government, Innovation and Technology Policy will be a valuable text for governments, NGOs and multilateral institutions interested in the practicalities of promoting innovation at the enterprise level. It will also be useful supplementary reading for scholars and students of the theory and practice of innovation policy.
‘This book is a valuable and significant contribution to the field of innovation policies and is well put together and written. It provides a novel framework for understanding the efforts made by governments to promote innovation and technological change within a global environment.’
– David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, Bloomington, US and Otto Beisheim School WHU, Germany
Contents: Foreword 1. Innovation Policies in a Globalised World 2. The Japanese Model of Low Government Intervention 3. The South Korean Model of Increasing Privatisation of Industrial R&D 4. The Singaporean Model of Increasing Government Intervention 5. The Malaysian Experience 6. The South African Experience since 1994 7. The Indian Experience 8. The Brazilian Experience 9. Working with the Market: Israel’s Experience with Research Grants 10. Conclusions References Index