Policy System and Meta-Policy System Changes in Europe
During the past two decades Europe has experienced important changes and transformations in the way in which governments approach the issue of science, technology and innovation, and their relation to economic growth and competitiveness. This has to do with the European Union level as well as with national and sub-national governments in Europe, all of them introducing interesting novelties in their innovation policy. These changes refer to different aspects of policy, mainly the content of policy initiatives towards science, technology and innovation; the instruments governments are using to achieve their goals; and the actors in the policy system that are being mobilised in pursuing these goals. This paper deals with these policy changes, paying special attention to the novelties introduced since the early 1990s in Europe. The perspective of this paper deals mainly on the changes introduced at the EU level, and mentions similar trends taking place at national and sub-national levels. The questions that guide the contents here are essentially three, namely, what are the main traits of innovation policies in Europe since the 1990s and how have the EU and different national governments approached the issue of generating incentives to boost innovation? Second, what are the specific policy innovations that have been introduced since then, in particular the type of policy instruments being used? And last but not least, how can this policy change be characterized and explained both in terms of actors, rules and arenas, as well as from the meta-policy system perspective?
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Policy Systems and Meta-Policy Systems in Advanced Industrialized Countries: The Political Mechanisms of Policy Change, 2007