by Germán Linzer, 2013-2014 President Néstor Kirchner Fellow

The following article was prepared with the support of President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship 2013-2014 and published by Realidad Económica magazine N° 287

In spite of the continuity and consolidation of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies in Argentina, the purpose of contributing to the achievement of a qualitative change in national production has not been accomplished. The “model” of capitalist innovation achieved from measures to promote entrepreneurship and technological competence, for which the United States is the main reference for most Latin American countries, is questioned in this paper. The measures presented as tending to foster small technology companies actually favored mainly concentrated technological capital and involve technological barriers to the rest of the system. The hypothesis is that mainstream conceptual frameworks from which it is intended to generate knowledge to contribute to the design of STI policies are not appropriate to understand the development processes of dependent countries, which entails policy assessment and diagnosis errors.

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