Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
The Widening and Deepening of Innovation Policy: What Conditions Provide for Effective Governance?
Abstract: In relation to the gradual and steady introduction of the
systemic perspective and of new public management techniques in innovation
policy-making during the past decade, many countries in the developed and
developing world have been substantially widening and deepening their
innovation policies. The introduction of new and more sophisticated policy
instruments (deepening) has been accompanied by an expansion of the realm
of action for innovation policy (widening). The main argument of this paper
is that this remarkable governmental activism and experimentalism raises
important analytical questions about the conditions under which innovation
policy contributes to an effective governance of the innovation system.
Hence, this paper has two main purposes. Firstly, it characterises in an
unambiguous way the widening and deepening trends in innovation policy,
problematising their possible effects on governance. And, secondly, it
develops an analytical toolbox based on a series of theoretical assumptions
about the political conditions for effective governance of innovation
Keywords: Innovation Policy; Innovation System; Governmental Activism; Governmental Experimentalism; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, March 1, 2009
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