Working Papers

After almost two highly successful decades, the editors decided to conclude the publication of the working paper series with the 2018 installment, due to new venues and forms of publication for this kind of material. This series is discontinued and we will not accept any new admissions. We would like to thank all contributors over the years. All downloadable working papers are archived and will remain fully available on this website. 

The Other Canon Foundation, Norway, and the Technology Governance program at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ), Estonia, have run a working papers series, entitled “Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics”.  In the context denoted by the title series, it has published original research papers, both practical and theoretical, both narrative and analytical, in the area denoted by such concepts as uneven economic growth, techno-economic paradigms, the history and theory of economic policy, and the administration of innovation, but also generally in the wider fields of industrial policy, development, technology, institutions, finance, public policy, and economic and financial history and theory.

The idea has been to offer a venue for quickly presenting interesting papers – scholarly articles, especially as pre-prints, lectures, essays in a form that may be developed further later on – in a high-quality, nicely formatted version, free of charge.

The working paper series was edited by Rainer Kattel, Wolfgang Drechsler and Erik S. Reinert. 

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Paper no. 1
Erik S. Reinert, Evolutionary Economics, Classical Development Economics, and the History of Economic Policy: A Plea for Theorizing by Inclusion.

Paper no. 2
Richard R. Nelson, Economic Development from the Perspective of Evolutionary Economic Theory.

Paper no. 3
Erik S. Reinert, Development and Social Goals: Balancing Aid and Development to Prevent ‘Welfare Colonialism’.

Paper no. 4
Jan Kregel and Leonardo Burlamaqui, Finance, Competition, Instability, and Development Microfoundations and Financial Scaffolding of the Economy

Paper no. 5
Erik S. Reinert, European Integration, Innovations and Uneven Economic Growth: Challenges and Problems of EU 2005

Paper no. 6
Leonardo Burlamaqui, How Should Competition Policies and Intellectual Property Issues Interact in a Globalised World? A Schumpeterian Perspective

Paper no. 7
Paolo Crestanello and Giuseppe Tattara, Connections and Competences in the Governance of the Value Chain. How Industrial Countries Keep their Competitive Power.

Paper no. 8
Sophus A. Reinert, Darwin and the Body Politic: Schaffle, Veblen, and the Shift of Biological Metaphor in Economics

Paper no. 9


Paper no. 10
Joseph L. Love, The Latin American Contribution to Center-Periphery Perspectives: History and Prospect

Paper no. 11
Ronald Dore, Shareholder capitalism comes to Japan

Paper no. 12
Per Högselius, Learning to Destroy: Case studies of creative destruction
management in the new Europe

Paper no. 13
Gabriel Yoguel, Analia Erbes, Veronica Robert, and Jose Borello, Diffusion and appropriation of knowledge in different organizational structures

Paper no. 14
Erik S. Reinert, Rainer Kattel, European Eastern Enlargement as Europe's Attempted Economic Suicide?

Paper no. 15
Carlota Perez, Great Surges of development and alternative forms of globalization


Paper no. 16
Erik S. Reinert, Iulie Aslaksen, Inger Marie G. Eira, Svein Mathiesen, Hugo Reinert & Ellen Inga Turi, Adapting to Climate Change in Reindeer Herding: The Nation-State as Problem and Solution 

Paper no. 17
Lawrence King, Patrick Hamm, The Governance Grenade: Mass Privatization, State Capacity and Economic Development in Postcommunist and Reforming Communist Societies


Paper no. 18
Erik S. Reinert, Rainer Kattel, The Economics of Failed, Failing, and Fragile States: Productive Structure as the Missing Link

Paper no. 19
Carlota Perez, The New Technologies: An Integrated View, July, 1986

Paper no. 20
Carlota Perez, Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms

Paper no. 21
Rainer Kattel, Jan A. Kregel, Erik S. Reinert, The Relevance of Ragnar Nurkse and Classical Development Economics

Paper no. 22
Erik S. Reinert, Financial Crises, Persistent Poverty, and the Terrible Simplifiers in Economics: A Turning Point Towards a New ‘1848 Moment’

Paper no. 23
Rainer Kattel, Erik S. Reinert and Margit Suurna, Industrial Restructuring and Innovation Policy in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990

Paper no. 24
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel, The Copying Paradox: Why Converging Policies but Diverging Capacities for Development in Eastern European Innovation Systems?

Paper no. 25
Erik S. Reinert, Emulation versus Comparative Advantage: Competing and Complementary Principles in the History of Economic Policy

Paper no. 26
Erik S. Reinert, Capitalist Dynamics: A Technical Note


Paper no. 27
Martin Doornbos, Failing States or Failing Models?: Accounting for the Incidence of State Collapse

Paper no. 28
Carlota Perez, The Financial Crisis and the Future of Innovation: A View of Technical Change with the Aid of History

Paper no. 29
Rainer Kattel, Annalisa Primi, The periphery paradox in innovation policy: Latin America and Eastern Europe Compared. Some reflections on why it is not enough to say that innovation matters for development.

Paper no. 30
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel, Is 'Open Innovation' Re-Inventing Innovation Policy for Catching-up Economies?

Paper no. 31
Rainer Kattel, Veiko Lember, Public Procurement As an Industrial Policy Tool an Option for Developing Countries?

Paper no. 32
Erik S. Reinert, Rainer Kattel, Modernizing Russia: Round III. Russia and the Other BRIC Countries: Forging Ahead, Catching Up or Falling Behind?

Paper no. 33
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel, Coordination of Innovation Policy in the Catching-Up Context: Estonia and Brazil Compared

Paper no. 34
Erik S. Reinert, Developmentalism


Paper no. 35
Fred Block, Matthew R. Keller, Where do Innovations Come From? Transformations in the U.S. Economy, 1970-2006

Paper no. 36
Erik S. Reinert, Arno Mong Daastøl, Production Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism - Symbiosis and Parasitism. An Evolutionary Perspective and Bibliography

Paper no. 37
Erik S. Reinert, Zeitgeist in Transition: An Update to How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor


Paper no. 38
Marek Tiits, Tarmo Kalvet, Nordic Small Countries in the Global High-Tech Value Chains: The Case of Telecommunications Systems Production in Estonia

Paper no. 39
Erik S. Reinert, Mechanisms of Financial Crises in Growth and Collapse: Hammurabi, Schumpeter, Perez, and Minsky

Paper no. 40
Erik S. Reinert. Economics and the Public Sphere

Paper no. 41
Osvaldo Urzua. Emergence and Development of Knowledge-Intensive Mining Services (KIMS)

Paper no. 42
Carlota Perez. Innovation Systems and Policy: Not Only for the Rich?

Paper no. 43
Peer Vries. Does Wealth Entirely Depend on Inclusive Institutions and Pluralist Politics?

Paper no. 44
John A. Mathews. The Renewable Energies Technology Surge: A New Techno-Economic Paradigm in the Making?

Paper no. 45
Andres Cardenas O'Farrill. Natural Resource and Service-based Export Performance: Cuba After 1989

Paper no. 46
Ali Kadri. The Political Economy of the Syrian Crisis


Paper no. 47
Erik S. Reinert. Jacob Bielfeld's "On the Decline of States" (1760) and its Relevance for Today

Paper no. 48
Erik S. Reinert. Primitivization of the EU Periphery: The Loss of Relevant Knowledge

Paper no. 49
Erik S. Reinert and Rainer Kattel. Failed and Asymmetrical Integration: Eastern Europe and the Non-financial Origins of the European Crisis

Paper no. 50
Wolfgang Drechsler. Three Paradigms of Governance and Administration: Chinese, Western and Islamic

Paper no. 51
Wolfgang Drechsler. A Non-Autistic Approach to Socio-Economic Problems: Kathedersozialismus and the German Historical School

Paper no. 52
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel. Public Management, Policy Capacity, and Innovation

Paper no. 53
Ting Xu. The Production and Circulation of Manuscripts and Printed Books in China Compared to Europe, ca. 581-1840

Paper no. 54
Philipp Robinson Rossner. Burying Money. The Monetary Origins of Luther’s Reformation

Paper no. 55
Veiko Lember, Rainer Kattel, Tarmo Kalvet. How Governments Supprt Innovation through Public Procurement. Comparing Evidence from 11 Countries

Paper no. 56
Veiko Lember, Aleksandrs Cepilovs, Rainer Kattel. Demand-side Innovation Policy in Estonia: Rationales, Limits and Future Paths


Paper no. 57
Wolfgang Drechsler, Tiina Randma-Liiv. The New Public Management Then and Now: Lessons from the Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Paper no. 58
Erik S. Reinert, Kenneth Carpenter. German Language Economic Bestsellers before 1850, with two chapters on a common reference point of Cameralism and Mercantilism

Paper no. 59
Andrea Saltelli, Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina. New Narratives for the European Project


Paper no. 60
Egert Juuse. Estonian banking as a "world of 'dead letters'" - the interplay of Europeanization process and national idiosyncrasies

Paper no. 61
Piret Tõnurist, Rainer Kattel, Veiko Lember. Discovering Innovation Labs in the Public Sector

Paper no. 62
Carlota Perez. The new context for industrializing around natural resources: an opportunity for Latin America (and other resource rich countries)?

Paper no. 63
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel, Ringa Raudla. Aftermath of the Great Recession: Challenges of coordinating fiscal consolidation and growth enhancing innovation policies in Central and Eastern Europe

Paper no. 64
Piret Tõnurist, Rainer Kattel, Veiko Lember. New Leisure Class and Conspicuous Politics in Urban Regeneration Initiatives


Paper no. 65
Erkki Karo, Veiko Lember. Emergence of a societal challenges based innovation policy in market-based innovation systems: lessons from Estonia

Paper no. 66
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel. How to Organize for Innovation: Entrepreneurial State and Organizational Variety

Paper no. 67
Erik S. Reinert, Sylvi Endresen, Ioan Ianos, Andrea Saltelli. The Future of Economic Development between Utopias and Dystopias

Paper no. 68
Vasilis Kostakis, Alex Pazaitis, Michel Bauwens. Digital Economy and the Rise of Open Cooperativism: The Case of the Enspiral Network

Paper no. 69
Wolfgang Drechsler. The Reality and Diversity of Buddhist Economics (With Case Studies of Thailand, Bhutan and Yogyakarta)

Paper no. 70
Piret Tonurist, Veiko Lember, Rainer Kattel. Joint data platforms as X factor for efficiency gains in the public sector?

Paper no. 71
Veiko Lember, Rainer Kattel, Piret Tonurist. Public Administration, Technology and Administrative Capacity

Paper no. 72
Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel. Innovation and the State: Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Policy Capacity


Paper no. 73
Alex Pazaitis, Primavera De Filippi, Vasilis Kostakis. Blockchain and Value Systems in the Sharing Economy: The Illustrative Case of Backfeed

Paper no. 74
Erik S. Reinert, Kenneth Carpenter, Fernanda A. Reinert, Sophus A. Reinert. 80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850: A Fresh Look at the History of Economic Thought

Paper no. 75
Veiko Lember. The Increasing Role of Digital Technologies in Co-Production

Paper no. 76
Keegan McBride, Gerli Aavik, Tarmo Kalvet, Robert Krimmer. Co-creating an Open Government Data Driven Public Service: The Case of Chicago's Food Inspection Forecasting Model

Paper no. 77
Erik S. Reinert. Towards a better understanding of convergence and divergence: or, how the current EU strategy - at the expense of the economic periphery - neglects the theories that once made Europe successful

Paper no. 78
Pauline Debanes. Layering the developmental state away? The knock-on effect of startup promotion policies on the innovation bureaucracy in South Korea.

Paper no. 79
Margit Kirs, Veiko Lember, Erkki Karo. The Dynamics of Technology Transfer in a Catching-up Innovation System: Empirical Evidence and Actor Perceptions from the Estonian Biotechnology Sector


Paper no. 80
Collin Constantine, Tarron Khemraj. Geography, Economic Structures and Institutions: A Synthesis

Paper no. 81
Erik S. Reinert. Smart Specialization: theory and brief case studies

Paper no. 82
Olga Mikheeva. Institutional context and the typology of functions of national development banks. The case of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in Malaysia

This series is discontinued and we will not accept any new admissions.