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Changing Governance of Research and Technology Policy

The European Research Area Edited by Jakob Edler, Professor, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK, Stefan Kuhlmann, Chair, Faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, the Netherlands and Maria Behrens, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Europe’s research and technology system is about to change with the introduction of a novel approach, labelled ‘European Research Area’ (ERA). This concept makes an attempt to break with the established mode of governance in Europe and seeks to advance European research collaboration and co-ordinate national research policies.
Extent: 360 pp
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Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84376 597 4
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Europe’s research and technology system is about to change with the introduction of a novel approach, labelled ‘European Research Area’ (ERA). This concept makes an attempt to break with the established mode of governance in Europe and seeks to advance European research collaboration and co-ordinate national research policies.

Changing Governance of Research and Technology Policy is a unique collection analysing and commenting on the development of the ERA. The contributors include leading scholars of European integration and technology policy, and high-level administrators. They discuss the potential impacts, benefits and limits to research and innovation policy within Europe both in the short and long term. Moreover, the debate about ERA is placed firmly in the context of the overall changes in governance at the European level.

The book will be essential reading for international researchers, policymakers and students interested in research, technology and innovation policy in Europe.
‘This book is an interesting collection of 14 contributions about the current dynamics and the future shape of the European Research Area (ERA). . . The topic of this edited volume can hardly be more timely and necessary. . . the authors have introduced a “system of innovation” approach to the study of the ERA initiative, which is rarely found in studies at the EU level. This is highly laudable. . . this book has gathered a set of social scientists and practitioners, bringing together an array of research results and views on the subject. . . this book represents valuable reading for those willing to understand the newest developments on STI policy at the EU level and the corresponding transforming governance structures in Europe in the new century.’
– Susana Borrás, Science and Public Policy

‘At the beginning of the new millennium, the European Research Area (ERA) was proposed as a major objective for Europe. It has since given rise to much political discourse and a rare intergovernmental consensus. Three years after its initiation, the time is ripe for a first in-depth exploration of its possible directions and pitfalls. The participating scholars have gone beyond expressing positive or negative opinions to try and delineate explanatory factors and dynamics, and have also taken the risk of proposing vastly contrasting scenarios. As such, this is an important contribution which should interest all researchers and stakeholders dealing with research and innovation policy.’
– Philippe Larédo, Laboratoire Territories, Techniques, Societes (LATTS), ENPC, Cite Descartes, France
Contributors: G. Abels, T. Banchoff, M. Behrens, P. Biegelbauer, P. Caracostas, C. Caswill, U. Dolata, J. Edler, J. Hakala, J.-A. Héraud, P. Hilger, H.-W. Hohn, R. Kaiser, S. Kuhlmann, J. Lautwein, E. Muller, M. Stampfer, A. Zenker
Contents:

Part I: Changing Governance: The European Perspective
1. Changing Governance in European Research and Technology Policy

2. Shared Governance Through Mutual Policy Learning

3. Old Games, Old Players – New Rules, New Results

4. Political Dynamics of the ERA

5. Change in European R&D Policy as a Complex Consensus-building Process

Part II: Changing Governance: The Sub-European Perspective
6. European Research Area: New Roles for National and European RTDI Funding Programs?

7. National but/and/or European: The Differentiation of EU-R&D Policy Subsystems in Three Countries

8. Finnish Science and Technology Policy in the Context of Internationalization and Europeanization

9. Entering the Club

10. Introducing Regions and Innovation-related Needs in the Multi-layer Logic of the European Research Area

11. German Corporatism in Industrial R&D: Its National Structure and European Challenge

Part III: Changing Governance: A Sectoral Perspective – The Case of Biotechnology
12. International Innovative Activities, National Technology Competition and European Integration Efforts

13. Innovation Policy in a Multi-level Governance System

14. The European Research Area and the Social Contextualization of Technological Innovations

Index