Problems with innovation. The analysis of regional innovation systems in Poland


innovation policy
regional innovation system


The article takes up the issue of evaluation of innovation policy implemented by the Polish authorities since 2000. The unit of the analysis is the regional innovation systems, implemented and funded in accordance with the directives and from EU sources. On the basis of the analysis of secondary data, performed by the method of desk research contained in the report of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, rankings of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union, the author concludes that in Poland, the innovation policy is not effectively implemented. This is mainly due to specific economic and social circumstances, which are different from those assumed, among others, in the Lisbon Strategy. Because in Poland there is no innovation potential, which by assumption should be the proper addressee of innovation policy, the funds placed on stimulating innovation result in the decrease in the quality of research and development activity and the displacement of private funds. Critical evaluation of innovation policy implemented at EU beck and call leads the author to reflect on the question whether at all it is possible for Poland to become innovative economy.


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