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Changing Governance of Research and Technology Policy
The European Research Area
Europe's research and technology system is about to change with the introduction of a novel approach, labelled `European Research Area' (ERA). This concept makes an attempt to break with the established mode of governance in Europe and seeks to advance European research collaboration and co-ordinate national research policies.
Changing Governance of Research and Technology Policy is a unique collection analysing and commenting on the development of the ERA. The contributors include leading scholars of European integration and technology policy, and high-level administrators. They discuss the potential impacts, benefits and limits to research and innovation policy within Europe both in the short and long term. Moreover, the debate about ERA is placed firmly in the context of the overall changes in governance at the European level.
The book will be essential reading for international researchers, policymakers and students interested in research, technology and innovation policy in Europe.
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`This book is an interesting collection of 14 contributions about the current dynamics and the future shape of the European Research Area (ERA). . . The topic of this edited volume can hardly be more timely and necessary. . . the authors have introduced a "system of innovation" approach to the study of the ERA initiative, which is rarely found in studies at the EU level. This is highly laudable. . . this book has gathered a set of social scientists and practitioners, bringing together an array of research results and views on the subject. . . this book represents valuable reading for those willing to understand the newest developments on STI policy at the EU level and the corresponding transforming governance structures in Europe in the new century.' -- Susana Borras, Science and Public Policy `At the beginning of the new millennium, the European Research Area (ERA) was proposed as a major objective for Europe. It has since given rise to much political discourse and a rare intergovernmental consensus. Three years after its initiation, the time is ripe for a first in-depth exploration of its possible directions and pitfalls. The participating scholars have gone beyond expressing positive or negative opinions to try and delineate explanatory factors and dynamics, and have also taken the risk of proposing vastly contrasting scenarios. As such, this is an important contribution which should interest all researchers and stakeholders dealing with research and innovation policy.' -- Philippe Laredo, Laboratoire Territories, Techniques, Societes (LATTS), ENPC, Cite Descartes, France