National Innovation Systems, Social Inclusion and Development


National Innovation Systems, Social Inclusion and Development

The Latin American Experience

9781783474349 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gabriela Dutrénit, Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico and Judith Sutz, Professor, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78347 434 9 Extent: 448 pp
The book has a strong theoretical foundation with empirical illustrations from diverse Latin American countries. As a whole, it offers a comprehensive exploration of the foundations of the theory of National Innovation Systems. The authors explore the particular problems that many Latin American countries have faced when trying to build innovation systems associated with development strategies, particularly those that take into account social inclusion.

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This unique book brings together new perspectives on inclusive development and the kinds of science, technology and innovation that can foster this form of development. The individual contributions provide distinct yet interrelated reflections on the diverse experiences of Latin American countries. Their common framework is determined by the assumption that economic growth, even if sustained for some time and accompanied by restorative social policies, is not always able to address inequality, a hallmark of inclusive development.

Offering insights into the theoretical and empirical aspects of national innovation systems, this will be an extremely valuable resource for all academics and students involved with development and innovation studies.
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‘This book presents Latin America’s innovation systems in a new theoretical and political light. The focus is upon how innovation processes can become inclusive; a major challenge for the non-egalitarian Latin American countries. The analytical framework combines Amartya Sen’s capacity approach with a knowledge economics perspective. One major conclusion is that there is a need for ambitious public policy initiatives aiming explicitly at inclusiveness. The book offers a new perspective on innovation systems and innovation policy and it is of interest for innovation scholars as well as for policy makers responsible for the design of development strategies in emerging economies.’
– Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark
Contributors: A. Alcázar Quiñones, S. Alzugaray, I. Armas Marrero, R. Arocena, R. Astorga, F. Barletta, M. Bazán, R. Cárdenas, R. Casas, J.E. Cassiolato, C. De Fuentes, G. Dutrénit, G. Figueroa Alfonso, M. Goñi, J. Katz, H. Lastres, M. Lozano-Borda, D. Lucio-Arias, A. Marín, L. Mederos, E. Moreno, J.C. Moreno-Brid, L. Navas-Alemán, J. Niosi, J. Nuñez Jover, J. Orozco, C. Pérez, M. Puchet, S. Robaina, V. Robert, F. Sagasti, M. Salazar, M.C. Soares, D. Suárez, J. Sutz, A. Torres, A.O. Vera-Cruz, G. Yoguel

Introduction to National Innvation Systems, Social Inclusion and Development
Gabriela Dutrénit and Judith Sutz

1. Innovation and Democratisation of Knowledge as a Contribution to Inclusive Development
Rodrigo Arocena and Judith Sutz

2. Strategies and Governance of the Mexican System of Innovation: Challenges for an Inclusive Development
Arturo Torres, Rosalba Casas, Claudia De Fuentes, Alexandre O. Vera-Cruz

3. The Brazilian National System of Innovation: Challenges to Sustainability and Inclusive Development
José Eduardo Cassiolato, Helena Lastres and Maria Clara Soares

4. The Argentinean System of Innovation: Micro Determinants and Meso-Macro Disarticulation
Diana Suárez, Gabriel Yoguel, Verónica Robert and Florencia Barletta

5. Science, Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Development in Colombia: Pilot Programs Developed by Colciencias
Mónica Salazar, Marcela Lozano-Borda and Diana Lucio-Arias

6. National System of Innovation for Inclusive Development: Achievements and Challenges in Peru
Mario Bazán and Francisco Sagasti

7. Knowledge Policies for Inclusive Development: Lessons from Uruguay
Santiago Alzugaray, María Goñi, Leticia Mederos and Sofía Robaina

8. Institutional Innovation and Inclusive Growth: Lessons from the Coffee and Palm Oil Sectors in Costa Rica
Jeffrey Orozco

9. Higher Education, Innovation and Local Development: Experiences in Cuba
Jorge Núñez Jover, Isvieysys Armas Marrero, Ariamnis Alcázar Quiñones and Galia Figueroa Alfonso

10. Macro-to-Micro Interactions and Economic Development. A Cross-Country Comparative Study
Jorge Katz and Rodrigo Ignacio Astorga

11. Economic Growth, Innovation and Inequality in Latin America: Improvements, Setbacks and Pending Issues Post-Washington Consensus
Gabriela Dutrénit, Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid and Martín Puchet

12. The Construction of National Systems of Innovation: A Comparative Analysis of Argentina and Canada
Jorge Niosi

13. The possible dynamic role of natural resource-based networks in Latin American development strategies
Carlota Perez, Anabel Marín and Lizbeth Navas-Alemán


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