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Introduction Part I. Sectoral Sytems: Concepts and Issues: 1. Sectoral systems of innovation: basic concepts Franco Malerba 2. Sectoral dynamics and structural change: stylized facts and 'system of innovation' approaches Fabio Montobbio Part II. Six Sectoral Systems: 3. Pharmaceuticals analysed through the lens of a sectoral innovation system Maureen McKelvey, Luigi Orsenigo and Fabio Pammolli 4. The chemical sectoral system: firms, markets, institutions and the process of knowledge creation and diffusion Fabrizio Cesaroni, Alfonso Gambardella, Walter Garcia-Fontes and Myriam Mariani 5. The fixed internet and mobile telecommunications sectoral system of innovation equipment production, access provision and content provision Charles Edquist 6. The European software sectoral system of innovation W. Edward Steinmueller 7. Machine tools: the remaking of a traditional sectoral innovation system Jürgen Wengel and Philip Shapira 8. Services and systems of innovation Bruce S. Tether and J. Stan Metcalfe Part III. Sectoral Systems and National Systems: International Performance and Public Policy: 9. National institutional frameworks, institutional complementarities and sectoral systems of innovation Benjamin Corait, Olivier Weinstein 10. Sectoral systems of innovation and varieties of capitalism: explaining the development of high-technology entrepreneurship in Europe Steven Casper and David Soskice 11. The international performance of European sectoral systems Benjamin Coriat, Franco Malerba and Fabio Montobbio 12. Sectoral systems: implications for European technology policy Charles Edquist, Franco Malerba, Stan Metcalfe, Fabio Montobbio and Ed Steinmueller Part IV. Conclusions: 13. Summing up and conclusions Franco Malerba.