Professor Susana Borras publishes the book: Holistic Innovation Policy

HOLISTIC INNOVATION POLICY, Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems, and Instrument Choices, written by Susana Borras and Charles Edquist, is published March 2019 through Oxford University Press


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Holistic Innovation Policy puts forward a novel framework for the design and analysis of innovation policy. It provides a theoretically anchored foundation for the design of holistic innovation policy by identifying the core problems that tend to afflict innovations and the activities of innovation systems, including the unintended consequences of policy itself. As most of the current innovation policies focus on few determinants of innovation processes, this is a necessary stepping stone for the identification of viable, relevant, and down-to-earth policy solutions.Rather than presenting a recipe or ‘how-to’ guide, this book offers a critical analysis of policy instruments and their choice in innovation policy design, and considers the ways in which policy might be providing solutions to problems in systems of innovation. Exploring areas such as knowledge production and R&D, education, training and skills development, demand-side activities, interaction and innovation networks, changing institutions and regulations, and the public financing of early stage innovations, its critical and novel perspective serves policy-makers, scholars, and those interested in the design of innovation policy.
  • Focuses on innovation policy, a topic that is often overlooked in academic literature, providing a valuable resourcefor policy-makers
  • Brings forward a theoretical basis for the analysis and design of innovation policy, providing a method to identifyproblems that should be addressed by public action
  • Presents a holistic view of innovation policy and considers arange of possible unexpected consequences of policy itself


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