KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
The Regionalization of Swedish Knowledge Society: Some preliminary consequences
Abstract: This paper reviews existing empirical findings for
regionalization of the Swedish university system and its impact of regional
and national innovation systems. The conclusion is that regionalization of
the Swedish system for higher education and research has been driven by
multitude of factors and interests, both external and internal to the
system itself. The result is a system that seems to raise regional
production due to direct and indirect causes, i.e. through the work and
consumption of employees and students of universities, more than raising
regional productivity through the exploitation of knowledge. In the wake of
the developments, more recent universities and university colleges have
developed two strategies for legitimisation, one traditional relying on the
international academic system of peer-review (normal science) and one
alternative relying on regional innovation systems (post-normal science).
Conseqences of these stratggies for legimitation are discussed.
Keywords: Higher education policy; regional policy; knowledge policy; regional innovation systems; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: B00; I00; (follow links to similar papers)
14 pages, March 28, 2006
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