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Innovation, Economic Progress and the Quality of Life

Edited by Gerry Sweeney
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 25th Jan 2001
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 19mm
Weight: 434g
ISBN-10: 1840646039
ISBN-13: 9781840646030
Barcode No: 9781840646030
Innovation, science and technology and the wealth gained from them make continuous media copy and yet there is a manifest imbalance in society, a paradox of more prosperity but growing exclusion. This book marks the 25th anniversary of the Six Countries Programme, which pioneered the study of innovation from a policy viewpoint but with a radical ethos. This ethos is continued by the contributors to this book who challenge much of the current thinking on innovation and technology and attempt to provide markers for the way ahead. They propose a systemic approach to the innovation process as the route to a more sustainable future and provide the alternative of a learning society to a knowledge society which seems to be inexorably driven by Schumpetarian dynamics.

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`This book is an important contribution to the debate on innovation policy. . . It gives a new insight into the whole issue of innovation process and its variations among countries. . . This is a very useful and timely book on innovation process. It is rich with experiences and is specially useful for researchers in the area of policy studies and for policymakers.' -- N. Mrinalini, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Resources `. . . Sweeney's contribution to this volume is very large, both in putting it all together and by delivering also a personal contribution which is both stimulating and exciting.' -- Keith Cowling, Prometheus