The complexity of contemporary innovation policy and its governance in Finland

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Abstract

This article analyses changes in the Finnish innovation policy from the early 2000s to 2016. The contribution is twofold. First, we propose a framework to understand and characterise changes in and different approaches to innovation policy implementation. The framework highlights the evolutive nature of innovation policies and sheds light on often very conflicting trade-offs and tensions within and between various approaches to innovation policy. Second, drawing upon the Finnish case, we elaborate the complexity of contemporary innovation policy implementation and show how the focus has changed since the early 2000s. Based on these findings, we discuss emerging ideas framing the “new innovation policy” and implications to policy-making.
Original languageEnglish
JournalINNOVATION: THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Nov 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • innovation policy
  • rationales
  • policy change
  • innovation system

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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