Books on innovation have proliferated in the last quarter of a century, during what the author describes as `the Schumpeterian Renaissance'. This volume provides an authoritative account of many of these new developments and represents the foundation of much ongoing research on innovation.
This superlative set of essays by Chris Freeman, founder of SPRU and one of the pioneers of innovation studies, will be of interest to anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of technical and social change. The wide-scope lens of the author covers topics ranging from business cycles, through National Systems of Innovation to the information technology paradigm. Having this valuable material in a single volume will be welcomed by all those involved in the economics of innovation, be it in theory, policy or practice.
The late Christopher Freeman, former Emeritus Professor, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK
Contents: Foreword by Giovanni Dosi 1. Introduction 2. Technological Infrastructure and International Competitiveness 3. Structural Crises of Adjustment, Business Cycles and Investment Behaviour with Carlota Perez 4. Innovation and Growth 5. Family Allowances, Technical Change, Inequality and Social Policy 6. Continental, National and Sub-national Innovation Systems - Complementarity and Economic Growth 7. Rise of East Asian Economies and the Computerisation of the World Economy 8. A Hard Landing for the `New Economy'? Information Technology and the United States National System of Innovation 9. `Catching Up' and Innovation Systems: Implications for Eastern Europe 10. The ICT Paradigm 11. A Schumpeterian Renaissance? 12. Conclusions: A `Theory of Reasoned History' Index