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Cooperation Networks and Economic Development
Cuba’s High-Tech Potential

ISBN 9781032399836
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
518 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

For most Western audiences, Cuba is a touristic paradise stuck in time and virtually detached from world technology networks by the US embargo – anything but a hub of industrial innovation and high value-added biotechnology.

However, a closer look reveals more subtle but equally powerful stories that challenge the homogenizing assumptions of conventional economics and open up scope for more sophisticated reflections on Cuban economy and industry. From this kind of enquiry emerges the case of the internationally respected Cuban biotech industry as the most successful case of science and technology policy in the country’s economic history.

The book takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring issues such as interdependency, purpose and history as natural constituencies of the innovation process. It also examines the dynamic and crucial role played by the state in the formation of innovative business enterprises. This book will be of interest to academic researchers in the fields of innovation and economic development.

Table of Contents

Preface amd acknowledgements

  1. General introduction and methodological considerations
  2. Part I : Theory and conceptualization

  3. Economies as networks
  4. The state as networker
  5. National systems of innovation: State-based non-firm organizations (NFOs) as integrator
  6. Part II: Contextualisation and analysis of the case

  7. Cuban institutions and industrial policy until 1989
  8. Cuban industrial policy from 1989 to the present
  9. The Cuban biopharmaceutical industry: Case of developmental catch-up
  10. Conclusions


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Andrés Cárdenas O´Farrill received his first economics degree at the University of Havana. He started his career as an economist by working at the Cuban Ministry for Economy, where he became interested in the world of renewable energy. He gained his second economics degree at the University of Leipzig and his PhD at the University of Bremen. He is currently a Research Associate of the Academic–Industry Research Network – theAIRnet.