Hi-Tech for Industrial Development: Lessons from the Brazilian Experience in Electronics and Automation


Is there a role for government in the hi-tech modernization of developing countries? One of the most important experiences in producing and using electronics-based technology is that of Brazil. The contributors to this study investigate the experience of Brazil and examine the lessons that other countries can derive from it. The protracted development of high technology based industries in Brazil has attracted a great deal of international attention. This development has proven to be one of the most controversial of technology policies: conclusions vary from condemnations to claims of great success. Hi-Tech for Industrial Development examines the extent to which these conclusions are the result of the researchers' preconceptions. The contributors span a wide range of schools of thought, and include both economists and political scientists. The book's empirical contribution is of equal significance. Based on original research, it focuses on three major axes: theimportance of the producer-user connection, the changing balance between national and foreign firms, and the need for learning in industry and government.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992


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