Innovation, Institutions, Space

Two Research Traditions in National Systems of Innovation
  • Michel Bellet
  • Nadine Massard
  • Philippe Solal
Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 25)


The concept of a national system of innovation (NSI) was resuscitated by several authors in Dosi et al. (1988) and followed by several specific works (Lundvall 1992; Nelson 1993). This concept endeavored to explain economic evolution, taking into account the increasingly prominent role of innovation, by interweaving the themes of industrial and spatial organization as well as institutions. Despite recent developments (Edquist 1997), two characteristics warrant mention. First, the origin of the notion has not been made clear: the majority of authors all recognize List 1909 but without paying complete attention to his ideas. In addition, the concept continues to raise questions about “the not unproblematic concept of a national innovation system itself” (Nelson 2000: 13).


Innovation System Productive Force National System National Innovation System French Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Bellet
    • 1
  • Nadine Massard
    • 1
  • Philippe Solal
    • 1
  1. 1.University Jean Monnet Saint-ÉtienneUSA

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