RD&I policy decision-making in Slovenia during the transition: lost opportunities and challenges for more innovative economic and democratic development
The chapter from Franc Mali and Toni Pustovrh in the publication Slovenia: social, economic and environmental issues focuses on the question of how successful Slovenia has been as a small EU member state in exploiting all the opportunities for developing a modern research, development and innovation (RD&I) system it was presented with when it joined the European Union. Namely, after 25 years of transition the RD&I system in Slovenia still suffers from many of the same structural problems already present at the start of the 1990s, i.e. immediately following the political turnaround from the one-party communist system to a market and pluralistic political system. We primarily look at the role of the institutional mechanisms in modern societies needed to perform the important social role of the mediation and harmonisation of the interests and preferences among the scientific, economic, political and other social subsystems. Many obstacles still prevent such mechanisms being fully realised in Slovenia. The political, economic and scientific elites are either unaware or unwilling to recognise that, without radical changes and reforms of these mechanisms, there will be no dynamic and innovative socio-economic progress in the country.
Keywords: RD&I system - Research, Development and Innovation system; Slovenian Research Agency; Intermediary structures; Knowledge transfer; Academic science; Gross R&D expenditure; Business-enterprise sector; University; SMHTC - Small and medium sized high-technology companies; Researchers
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Back to list of notificationsPublished: 11. April 2017 | Category: Research