One of the most important economic events in recent decades has been the ongoing process of European integration. This book provides a basic yet rigorous understanding of the current issues and problems of economic integration and innovation in Europe, and argues that national or regional economic development depends mainly on technical change, social and human capital, and knowledge creation and diffusion. This is clearly evident in the role of the quadruple innovation helix of government, university, industry and civil society.
Uniquely, the book examines the many aspects and consequences of the integration process that are obscure or as yet under-researched. The authors explore a wide range of topics, methodologies and perspectives in order to provide a stimulating and wide-ranging analysis.
The Innovation Union in Europe will be of interest to students, economic theorists, empirical and social scientists, and policy makers as well as the informed general reader.
Edited by Elias G. Carayannis, Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, George Washington University, US and George M. Korres, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece
Contents: Preface PART I: INNOVATION AND THE KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY 1. The Innovation Ecosystem Elias G. Carayannis 2. Patterns of Innovation and the Determinants of the Diffusion Process in Selected EU Member States George M. Korres 3. Building the Innovation Union: Lessons from the 2008 Financial Crisis Alice O. Nakamura, Leonard I. Nakamura and Masao Nakamura PART II: NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SYSTEMS OF INNOVATION 4. The European National and Regional Systems of Innovation George M. Korres 5. European Innovation Policies from RIS to Smart Specialization: A Policy Assemblage Perspective Arnoud Lagendijk and Krisztina Varro PART III: THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION AND PROSPECTS FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC INTEGRATION 6. Innovation Diplomacy as Driver of Democracy, Innovation and Development: The Case of Greece Elias G. Carayannis 7. Spatial Knowledge Spillovers within and between European Regions: A Meta-Analysis Urban Grasjo, Charlie Karlsson and Peter Warda 8. Innovation, Efficiency and Economic Integration Aikaterini Kokkinou Index