Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Susana Borrás

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This chapter is about what governments have done and could do to promote the production, diffusion, and use of scientific and technical knowledge in order to realize national objectives. We begin the chapter with "story-telling" based on sketchy historical facts. The aim of  the two stories is to illustrate that innovation policy covers a wide set of issues that have been on the agenda far back in history while still remaining important today. We move on to sketch the history of innovation policy, splitting it up into the three ideal types: science, technology, and innovation policy. We use OECD documents and other sources to do so. Finally we point to future challenges, and highlight research opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Innovation
EditorsJan Fagerberg, David C. Mowery, Richard R. Nelson
Place of PublicationOxford University Press
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)0199264554
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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