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Knowledge and Innovation for Development : The Sisyphus Challenge of the 21st Century - Sagasti

Knowledge and Innovation for Development : The Sisyphus Challenge of the 21st Century

By: Sagasti

Hardcover ISBN: 9781843766537
Number Of Pages: 176

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This text provides a comprehensive introduction to the many different issues related to the Sisyphean task of building science and technology capabilities in developing countries. It attempts to answer crucial questions including: how can knowledge be utilized to improve the human condition, and how can we bridge the growing knowledge divide between those who produce and use modern science and technology - and those who do not? Francisco Sagasti examines the complex interactions between science, technology and development through history, explores how capabilities in these areas are created in different countries and places the role of international co-operation in perspective. The book then introduces a 'science and technology capability index' to rank countries, analyses the policy implications of the place they occupy, and summarizes the experience of developing countries in formulating science and technology policies. It concludes with a review of important lessons for the future. This highly innovative and original work will strongly appeal to academics, policymakers, development practitioners and students interested in the role of knowledge and innovation in contemporary society, and in the disparities between developed and developing countries.

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"'Francisco Sagasti is both a deep scholar and a policy analyst of exceptional practical significance. From his work at the World Bank to the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government to his intellectual leadership in Peru, he has made a steady flow of valuable contributions. He has extraordinary understanding of the relevance of knowledge, skill, and freedom for socioeconomic development. This book is a treasure.' - David A. Hamburg, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Cornell University Weill Medical College, US; 'A landmark study that will inspire practitioners as much as it will inspire further research on the role of technology in economic change. A powerful reminder to policy makers on the importance of creativity as a source of economic renewal.' - Calestous Juma, Harvard University, US; 'Knowledge and Innovation for Development is a splendid piece of scholarship, which no-one else could possibly have written. It brings together an astonishing array of writers and ideas and it is beautifully written.' - Rodger Schwass, York University, Canada"

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
List of boxesp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Knowledge, technology and production: a conceptual frameworkp. 1
The diffusion of Western sciencep. 1
Elements of an integrative conceptual frameworkp. 3
A brief historical perspectivep. 10
The challenge of the Westp. 10
The evolution of speculative thoughtp. 11
Changes in the technological basep. 15
Changes in production and service activitiesp. 19
Interactions among the currents: the 'triple crisis'p. 24
The knowledge explosion and its manifestationsp. 27
The emergence of the knowledge societyp. 27
The twilight of the Baconian age and the transformation of scientific researchp. 28
The systemic nature of technological innovationp. 36
The restructuring of world production and a new technoeconomic paradigmp. 43
Traditional knowledge, techniques and productionp. 54
The knowledge divide and disparities in developing country capacitiesp. 57
The magnitude of the knowledge dividep. 58
Disparities between developing countries: a Science and Technology (S&T) Capacity Indexp. 63
Strategies and policies for building an endogenous science and technology basep. 75
The context for mobilizing knowledge and innovation for developmentp. 75
The experience with science and technology policies in the developing countriesp. 78
An approach to strategy and policy designp. 84
The repertoire of policies and policy instrumentsp. 88
A role for international cooperationp. 100
Concluding remarksp. 116
Comparison between the Science and Technology Capacity Index and other indexesp. 119
Science, technology and development: the imperative of social innovationp. 129
Bibliographyp. 133
Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9781843766537
ISBN-10: 1843766531
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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