Erkki Karo (PhD)

Title: ‘Governance of Innovation Policy in Catching-up Context: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies of Central and Eastern European Economies’

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rainer Kattel

Opponents: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Drechsler, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Marleen Brans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Defense: 14 February 2011

Abstract: The thesis provides a theoretical and empirical analysis of the following topics: the validity of the 'systems of innovation' concept for innovation policy making in catching-up economies; the possibilities for linking together 'systems of innovation' and 'public management' research and its value for innovation policy making in catching-up economies; current realities and future possibilities of innovation policy in a Post-Washington Consensus policy space of catching-up economies of Central and Eastern Europe.

Keywords: systems of innovation, innovation policy, public management, policy capacity, administrative capacity, Central and Eastern Europe