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Europe's Innovation Union--Beyond Techno-Nationalism?

by 

Dieter Ernst

East-West Center Working Papers, Economics Series, No. 132

Publisher:

Honolulu: East-West Center

Publication Date: August 2012
Binding: paper
Pages: 12
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This paper traces recent transformations in Europe's innovation policy--the move towards EU-wide policy coordination in the form of an "Innovation Union." A deep fiscal crisis and increasingly severe austerity policies are slowing down Europe's move towards greater openness and internationalization of its innovation system. The paper asks whether Europe has left behind for good "techno-nationalism," or whether government action in support of high-tech industries through various forms of protectionist policies is re-emerging, this time however on a region-wide scale. This question is of relevance to current policy debates about the role of innovation in the US as well as in Asia's emerging economies. The paper specifically explores what lessons the US and emerging Asia might draw from Europe's move towards an EU-wide Innovation Strategy.

 

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