Regional Innovation Systems in Latin America: policy lessons
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Comparative empirical study of the regional innovation systems of two Latin American regions (Cordoba in Argentina and Santa Catarina in Brazil) to explore desirable criteria upon which systemic innovation at the regional scale might occur. The main objective was to understand how the selected regional innovation systems function and to specify desirable factors and mechanisms for promoting competitiveness and innovation. At this respect, the study applied the main lessons learnt from the European experience on regional innovation systems (and in particular the support of EU regional policy to regional innovation systems) to the selected regions in Latin America. The study particularly concentrated on the following themes: building of the regional innovation strategy; instruments used to support regional-level innovation; governance model and funding (levels of investment and allocation of resources by government level); monitoring and evaluation system.
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