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When Small States Make Big Leaps: Institutional Innovation and High-Tech Competition in Western Europe

Darius Ornston


At the close of the twentieth century, Denmark, Finland, and Ireland emerged as unlikely centers for high-tech competition. This book reveals how these historically low-tech countries managed to assume leading positions in new industries such as biotechnology, software, and telecommunications equipment. In each case, countries used institutions that are commonly perceived to delay restructuring to accelerate the redistribution of resources to emerging enterprises and industries. The book identifies two different patterns of institutional innovation and economic restructuring. Irish policymaker ... More

Keywords: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, high-tech competition, biotechnology industry, software industry, telecommunications industry, high-tech industries, technological innovation, economic internationalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450921
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darius Ornston, author
Assistant Professor of International Affairs, the University of Georgia