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European Policies for a Knowledge Economy

Maria João Rodrigues, Professor, IEE-ULB – Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Special Advisor to the European Commission
European Policies for a Knowledge Economy explores the information society and research and education policies which are being combined to build a stronger knowledge base, and enhance the growth potential of Europe via economic reforms, enterprise and innovation policies. The author ascertains that the European social model should be reformed by investing in people, improving welfare provision and fighting new forms of social exclusion. She goes on to argue that macroeconomic policies will help to advance these structural changes.
Extent: 192 pp
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Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84064 977 2
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Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84542 094 9
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In 2000, the European Union adopted an overall strategy to effect transition to a knowledge economy. After coordinating the preparation of the Lisbon European Summit which launched this ten year strategy, Maria João Rodrigues provides a unique insight into the renewal of European economic and social policies.

European Policies for a Knowledge Economy explores the information society and research and education policies which are being combined to build a stronger knowledge base, and enhance the growth potential of Europe via economic reforms, enterprise and innovation policies. The author ascertains that the European social model should be reformed by investing in people, improving welfare provision and fighting new forms of social exclusion. She goes on to argue that macroeconomic policies will help to advance these structural changes.

The critical issues and underpinning debates that are highlighted include, amongst others:
• reforms targeting the creation of more growth potential
• macroeconomic policies which vitalise employment and structural change
• policies for the information society aimed at improving standards of living
• new priorities for national education policies towards lifelong learning
• reforms of the labour markets for more and better jobs
• implications of the Lisbon Strategy for the institutional reform of the European Union.

Illustrating the challenges of a new strategic goal for European policies, this highly accessible book will be essential reading for a wide-ranging audience – scholars, public administrators, business people and anyone else with an interest in European policies and their implications for national agendas.
‘This book gives important new insight in current European policy making by transcending the borderlines between social science and practical policy making. Starting with the Lisbon process of 2000 it sketches the most recent European attempts to integrate social considerations with competitiveness. Maria Rodrigues has given us a strongly needed guide (including website addresses) to the many recent policy documents covering labour market, education, social policy, innovation and industrial policy coming from Brussels and from Ministerial meetings.’
– Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark
Contents: Preface 1. European Dilemmas and New Prospects 2. Strategy and Governance for a Knowledge Economy 3. Policies for the Information Society 4. Policies for Research and Development 5. Policies for Enterprise and Innovation 6. A Learning Society 7. Renewing the European Social Model 8. Conclusion Index