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Knowledge Policy

Challenges for the 21st Century
Edited by Greg Hearn, Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and David Rooney, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia,
The production of knowledge has become central to economic life. Competitiveness in the 21st century market place is now characterized by the ability to translate scientific and technological knowledge into innovation. But does this render cultural and social knowledge unimportant? This unique book advocates a broader epistemological base for the term ‘knowledge’ and develops policy implications from this perspective. By examining long-term challenges, the volume argues that fresh policy thinking is needed not only in the obviously knowledge-intensive portfolios but across all areas of knowledge production and questions how the different dynamics of the knowledge era affect defence, employment, environment, indigenous and international relations, multiculturalism and urban policy.
Extent: 296 pp
Hardback Price: £83.00 Online: £74.70
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 186 1
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
Knowledge Policy illustrates how the production of knowledge has become central to economic life, and that competitiveness in the 21st century market place is characterized by the ability to translate scientific and technological knowledge into innovation. Does this therefore render cultural and social knowledge unimportant? The contributors attempt to answer this and other important questions using a broader epistemological base for the term ‘knowledge’. Policy implications are then developed from this perspective.

By examining long-term challenges, this unique book explains what we actually mean by the term ‘knowledge’ and raises fundamental critiques of existing conceptions of knowledge. It argues that fresh policy thinking is needed not only in more obviously knowledge-intensive sectors, but also across all areas of knowledge production. By way of illustration, the effects of the different dynamics of the knowledge era on defence, health, employment, environment, indigenous and international relations, multiculturalism and urban policy are explored. The book then addresses the enduring question of whether it is possible to produce too much knowledge at the expense of wisdom.

Providing a thorough treatment on the meaning, production and application of knowledge, this book will provide a fascinating read for academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers with an interest in public policy and knowledge-based economies.
Contributors: R. Breit, M.B. Charles, S. Cunningham, R. Dellios, J. Eflin, B. Fitzgerald, T. Flew, S. Fulller, G. Hearn, R. Hindmarsh, E.N. Kennedy da Silva, L. Komito, D. Kostakopoulou, S.A. Lehnert, R.B. Lyon, B. McKenna, I. Miles, K. Morrison, M.A. Peters, H. Pillay, J. Potts, J. Quiggin, D. Rooney, N. Ryan
Contents:

1. Introduction
Greg Hearn and David Rooney

2. Knowledge Services
Ian Miles

3. Education and the Knowledge Economy
Michael A. Peters

4. Women and Cognitive Authority in the Knowledge Economy
Juli Eflin

5. Cultural and Creative Industries
Terry Flew

6. From Creative Industries to Creative Economy
Stuart Cunningham

7. Information Society Policy
Lee Komito

8. The Role of Media in the Knowledge Economy
David Rooney, Bernard McKenna and Rhonda Breit

9. Science and Technology Policy Futures
Neal Ryan and Michael B. Charles

10. Justifying Science: The Need for Macroeconomic Knowledge Policy
Steve Fuller

11. The New Biology: Implications for Knowledge Policy
Sigrid A. Lehnert

12. Copyright 2010: The Need for Better Negotiability/Usability Principles
Brian Fitzgerald

13. Industry Policy as Innovation Policy
Kate Morrison and Jason Potts

14. Employment and Innovation in the Information Economy
John Quiggin

15. Environment, Water and Energy in the 21st Century: The Role of Deliberative Governance for the Knowledge Society
Richard Hindmarsh

16. Citizenship, Migration and Multiculturalism After 9/11: Towards New Policies for Naturalization
Dora Kostakopoulou

17. A New Paradigm for Ethical and Sustainable Indigenous Knowledge Policy
Hitendra Pillay

18. International Relations and Geopolitics
Rosita Dellios

19. Knowledge Policy and the Future of War, Defence and Peace
Emma N. Kennedy da Silva and Rod B. Lyon

20. Conclusion: Towards Integrated Knowledge Policy
Greg Hearn and David Rooney

Index