Innovation and the State


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Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland

Dan 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.

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.

"Twenty-five years ago nobody predicted that Israeli, Taiwanese, and Irish firms would be at the forefront of IT globally.  Breznitz has undertaken a prodigious amount of research on the subject and presents some very interesting conclusions."—Mauro Guillen, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania  

“In this important book, Dan Breznitz provides new insights into the very different strategies pursued by three very different countries—Israel, Taiwan and Ireland—that each used to post remarkable post-War growth records. This is a must read for policy makers and citizens in all countries that are banking on high-tech to sustain and accelerate growth in their countries.”—Robert E. Litan, Vice President, Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation, and, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution



"Those who want to be on the cutting edge of public policy and research on development and technological change would do well to read this book."—Gerald A. McDermott, Review of Policy Research

"The research in the book is painstaking. . . . Those interested in learning the stories of high-tech in these three fascinating cases will be richly rewarded by this clearly written and easily read book. . . . There is much to be learned from these three cases and from the analysis of each in Dan Breznitz's excellent book."—Sean O'Riain, Pacific Affairs

Winner of the American Political Science Association's 2008 Don K. Price Award for the Best Book in Science and Technology Politics

Finalist for the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Political Science category.
ISBN: 9780300168334
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
288 pages, 5 13/16 x 9 1/16
11 b/w illus.
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