Knowledge-Based Society in the Social Development Perspective - Alternatives for the Balkan Countries
Innovation, ICT and Education for Next Generation, Thematic Proceedings, Innovaeducation 2017, Novi Sad, Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, pp.524-543, ISBN 978-86-87619-84-5,
The role of knowledge and scientific research as factors in achieving intensive regional development and overcoming divergences in it are considered in the paper. The inability of the knowledge society to establish itself as a global one following the present existing neoliberal project of development is one of the most important its limitations. The worldwide rivalry in the fields of sciences and innovations is even more intense than the rivalry in the control over the natural resources. The production of innovations is very expensive, but it gives a huge advantage in all areas to anyone who can do it. At present the Balkan countries are completely excluded from this process.
For our Balkan countries other existing option is to follow the development of a new alternative model of economic development after the neoliberal age in building a cooperative society. This project will allow investments and intensive development in the poorest regions of the world and their inclusion in the knowledge-based society. Europe and the EU are about to lose the global race today their historical domination achieved after the scientific revolution in 18th century and the global capitalist expansion.
knowledge based society, alternative models of development, social development