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Technological Sovereignty as Ability, Not Autarky

Christoph March and Ina Schieferdecker

No 9139, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: Aspirations towards technological sovereignty increasingly pervade the political debate. Yet, an ambiguous definition leaves the exact goal of those aspirations and the policies to fulfill them unclear. This leaves room for partly particularly negative interpretations, such as equating the concept with a strive for autarky, nationalism, and the roll-back of globalization. We develop a competence-based definition of technological sovereignty, which puts innovation policy at the core of fulfilling sovereignty aspirations. Moreover, we show how our definition realigns technological sovereignty with international cooperation and trade. Two case studies illustrate how innovation policy might be used to achieve technological sovereignty.

Keywords: technological sovereignty; innovation policy; international cooperation; Industrie 4.0; EUV lithography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O33 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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