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Smart Policies for Societies in Transition

The Innovation Challenge of Inclusion, Resilience and Sustainability

9781788970808 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mats Benner, Dean, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Göran Marklund, Director of Strategic Planning, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems and Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Professor, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden
Publication Date: July 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 080 8 Extent: c 264 pp
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License. It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline thanks to generous funding support from The Swedish Governmental Agency For Innovation Systems, Vinnova.

This timely book expertly examines ongoing pressing issues in the modern world namely, an unstable economic climate, political turmoil and the environmental crisis. It takes a unique look at how science, technology and innovation could contribute towards the creation of a smarter and more resilient society by allowing more inclusive approaches into how science is integrated.

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This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License. It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline thanks to generous funding support from The Swedish Governmental Agency For Innovation Systems, Vinnova.

This timely book expertly examines ongoing pressing issues in the modern world namely, an unstable economic climate, political turmoil and the environmental crisis. It takes a unique look at how science, technology and innovation could contribute towards the creation of a smarter and more resilient society by allowing more inclusive approaches into how science is integrated.

With an insightful global interdisciplinary approach, Smart Policies for Societies in Transition combines in-depth theoretical analysis whilst also providing a reflective look at broadening the scope of science and innovation policy in order to understand the critical issues and challenges. Chapters illustrate historical practices and events, and discuss how the move to smart politics and the linking of boundaries from a social, ecological and global viewpoint leads to fewer but more creative policies.

With its retrospective and forward-thinking perspectives, this book will be an excellent resource for academics wanting to rethink their approach to science and innovation governance, whilst scholars will find the collaborative method for combining policy analysis with theory of policymaking and governance informative and illuminating.
Critical Acclaim
‘This is a fascinating book about innovation policy that goes beyond the narrow focus on economic growth or international competition. It offers fresh new insight and ideas about the transformative role that smart policies can play in addressing a broader set of social, economic, and ecological challenges we face. It is a must read for not only scholars but also policy practitioners who care about innovation and its broad impact on society.’
– Xue Lan, Tsinghua University, China

‘This book explores key requirements for smart politics, focussing on the domain of innovation policy. The editors adopt a broadened understanding of innovation – beyond technological change or product innovation –, requiring integrated, transformative policy responses to pressing societal, environmental and economic problems. The book further suggests three elements of smart innovation policies: first, acknowledging the importance of inclusion and justice; second, accepting that global flows of knowledge and goods will remain crucial; and third, unleashing a creative, experimental reconstruction of public policies.’
– Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Contributors
Contributors include: Erik Arnold, Katharine E. Barker, Mats Benner, Anders Ekström, Terttu Luukkonen, Göran Marklund, Pauline Mattsson, Tamsin Murray Leach, Christopher Palmberg, Carlota Perez, Arie Rip, Nils-Eric Sahlin, Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Sverker Sörlin, Chadwick Wang
Contents
Contents:

1 Towards a smart society? Innovation policy and the
challenges of social inclusion, environmental resilience
and sustainable growth 1
Mats Benner, Sylvia Schwaag Serger and Göran Marklund
2 A smart green direction for innovation: the answer to
unemployment and inequality? 21
Carlota Perez and Tamsin Murray Leach
3 The importance of post-modern science policy 48
Arie Rip
4 What past changes in Swedish policy tell us about
developing third-generation research and innovation governance 59
Erik Arnold and Katharine E. Barker
5 Masculinity and nationhood: cultural roots for the “head in
the clouds and feet on the ground” research in China 87
Chadwick Wang
6 Funding transformative research – rationale and impacts 115
Terttu Luukkonen
7 Towards transformative policy in Finland and Sweden:
some viewpoints from practice 143
Sylvia Schwaag Serger and Christopher Palmberg
8 The integrative humanities – and the third research policy regime 189
Anders Ekström and Sverker Sörlin
9 Foundations and the new renewal of research 213
Pauline Mattsson and Mats Benner
10 Decision-making in a time of spin and unspoken values 228
Nils-Eric Sahlin and Sylvia Schwaag Serger

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