Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland

Paperback | May 31, 2011

byDan Breznitz

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The 1990s brought surprising industrial development in emerging economies around the globe: firms in countries not previously known for their high-technology industries moved to the forefront in new Information Technologies (IT) by using different business models and carving out unique positions in the global IT production networks. In this book Dan Breznitz asks why economies of different countries develop in different ways, and his answer relies on his exhaustive research into the comparative experiences of Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland—states that made different choices to nurture the growth of their IT industries.

The role of the state in economic development has changed, Breznitz concludes, but it has by no means disappeared. He offers a new way of thinking about state-led rapid-innovation-based industrial development that takes into account the ways production and innovation are now conducted globally. And he offers specific guidelines to help states make advantageous decisions about research and development, relationships with foreign firms and investors, and other critical issues.

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The 1990s brought surprising industrial development in emerging economies around the globe: firms in countries not previously known for their high-technology industries moved to the forefront in new Information Technologies (IT) by using different business models and carving out unique positions in the global IT production networks. In...

Dan Breznitz is an associate professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Management, and an associate professor by courtesy at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Hardcover|May 31 2011

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.06 × 5.81 × 0.68 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300168330

ISBN - 13:9780300168334

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly remarkable book There were so many aspects of the book which made it a truly remarkable read. But what I thought this book does so effectively is to provide the reader with a framework for thinking through and trying to articulate the different approaches to innovation policies in emerging economies. Professor Breznitz picked 3 very appropriate case studies and he goes through each in a level of detail in which each could probably have been its own book. But instead, he weaves the three together to punch home his point that real choices exist for economic developers. He describes these fundamental strategic choices as the four factors that are crucial in order for a state to spur industrial development in innovative fields such as ICT. Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland are such rich examples because they provide so many opportunities to compare and contrast the different policies along the axes of the four factors. Sprinkled with just the right balance of storytelling, data, and deep insight, the book should be a cornerstone reference for innovation policy makers in emerging and developed economies alike.
Date published: 2014-02-28