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Changing Economic Landscape: Liberalisation and Knowledge Infrastructures


Smith, KH, Changing Economic Landscape: Liberalisation and Knowledge Infrastructures, Science and Public Policy, 32, (5) pp. 339-348. ISSN 0302-3427 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3152/147154305781779380


This paper discusses some changes in the economic 'landscape' (policy cultures, institutions, infrastructures, regulations, and economic processes) within which the European Framework Programmes are formed and implemented. The main changes are: the domestic reform agenda of liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation; and the changed globalisation environment. The paper argues that these reforms have transformed the infrastructural conditions underlying technological change in ways that require attention from policymakers. In particular, the domestic reform agendas have had an unintended side-effect - the diminution or closure of large-scale technological and engineering capabilities in formerly publicly-owned industries. Changing concepts of, and approaches to, R&D and innovation necessitate shifts in policy approaches and instruments towards a greater focus on knowledge infrastructures: this is a major challenge facing the Framework Programmes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Industry economics and industrial organisation
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Smith, KH (Professor Keith Smith)
ID Code:38035
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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