Israeli Innovation Policy: an Important Instrument of Perusing Political Interest at the Global Stage

Author
Joanna Dyduch, Karolina Olszewska
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Polish Political Science Yearbook
Volume
47
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
2018
Institution
Polish Political Science Association (PPSA)
Abstract
Israel is perceived in the international environment as a one of the top leaders in innovation. This is proven by the progressively high position of this country in international rankings and the participation of Israeli scientists and technologists in prestigious inter- national programs. In this article we claim that the aims of Israeli innovation policy, which has the biggest impact on the shape and content of the innovation ecosystem, are highly politicized. The status quo driven by the key assumption of the state strategy, according to which obtaining a competitive predominance in the political international environment will be achieved through economic instruments, primarily technological innovation. Therefore the aim of this article is to critically analyze Israeli innovation policy and the innovation ecosystem, paying special attention to the state interest and the government activities in this realm. For the purpose of this analysis some basic assumptions of the neoliberal economy redefined by Arie Krampf will be utilized. Furthermore to better describe and explain the link between politics and economy in the Israeli innovation ecosystem we will refer to the K.N. Waltz considerations on mechanisms of the political and economic system in a global- izing world.
Topic
Science and Technology, Research, Innovation
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel