Journal Article

Modes of Innovation and the Prospects for Economic Integration in Africa

2013
Published in: 
Africa Insight, 43(3): 80-99
Author/s: 
Mario Scerri

This paper develops and applies a concept of modes of innovation to the issue of economic development and the integration of African economies. This concept, which is located in the systems of innovation approach to economic dynamics, is first developed in the context of the development of capitalism. It is then applied to the evolution of African systems of innovation over three periods spanning colonialism, and the early and late post colonial periods to explore the shifting locations of African economies in the global economy.

Modes of Innovation and the National Systems of Innovation of the BRICS Economies

2014
Published in: 
STI Policy Review, 5(2): 20-42.
Author/s: 
Mario Scerri
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The Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa (BRICS) group has emerged as a collection of large economies which are outside the traditional groups of industrialised “first world” economies and which have altered the global distribution of economic power. The basis of their emergence is a combination of their size and growth rates, and the fact that they lie outside the established centres of global economic power. As such, they have “diversified” the power base of the global economic order.

Modes of Innovation and the Prospects for Economic Integration in Africa

2013
Published in: 
Africa Insight 43(3): 80-99.
Series: 
Author/s: 
Mario Scerri
Publisher: 
ISBN: 

This paper develops and applies a concept of modes of innovation to the issue of economic development and the integration of African economies. This concept, which is located in the systems of innovation approach to economic dynamics, is first developed in the context of the development of capitalism. It is then applied to the evolution of African systems of innovation over three periods spanning colonialism, and the early and late post colonial periods to explore the shifting locations of African economies in the global economy.

The Introduction of the Systems of Innovation Approach in Economics Curricula

2012
Published in: 
International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 5(1/2): 12-27.
Author/s: 
Mario Scerri

In this paper I examine the possible modes of introducing a Systems of Innovation (SI) approach into economics curricula. I look at the various possible choices of coupling this approach with standard economic curricula and then explore the implications of these various choices. I link this argument with current heterodox debates on the relevance of the neoclassical text and the possibilities of the displacement of its hegemony over the teaching of economics.

Neoclassical Theory and the Teaching of Undergraduate Microeconomics

2008
Published in: 
South African Journal of Economics, 76(4), December 2008, pages 749-764
Author/s: 
Mario Scerri
ISBN: 
ISSN: 1813-6982

This paper explores possible reasons for the long and enduring dominance of neoclassical theory over the undergraduate microeconomics textbook. It proposes that those very attributes of neoclassical microeconomics that raise serious theoretical misgivings constitute the basis for the current hegemony of the standard undergraduate textbook. It further discusses the effects of the standard text on the education of economists in developing countries and conditions of the entrenchment of this text in undergraduate teaching.

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