This is the first volume in a series of five books bringing together the results of intensive research on the national systems of innovation in the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The Role of the State analyzes the relationship between the state and the development of the national system of innovation. Combining original data and expert analysis, the book presents experience and knowledge that may impact how we understand the theory of innovation systems, and implement policies and strategies for their development.
Mario Scerri is Professor of Economics and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.
Helena M. M. Lastres is Head of the Office for Local Production and Innovation Systems and Regional Development at the Brazilian Development Bank.