Innovation Policy as Performativity : the Case of Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Innovation Policy as Performativity : the Case of Sweden
Author(s) Hall, Patrik ; Löfgren, Karl
Date 2016
English abstract
This article analyzes how the idea of “innovationism” in Sweden has generated a new kind of idea-driven policy around the creation of innovative regional policy. In contrast to similar policies in this area, this policy does not manifest itself through traditional instruments, but evolves through symbolic and ritual performances, in particular through events and conferences. The article asks how this emerging idea has changed the existing institutional formation of sponsoring industrially relevant research. The vision of concerted action between decision-makers within modern innovationism reinforces territorial identity, but it also tends to devolve responsibility to the regional level since concerted action on the national level is hard to obtain. What emerges is a system of governing at a distance where different actors perform their roles according to often academic ideas of innovationism. The study is based on two qualitative studies in Sweden entailing both documentary sources and semi-structured interviews.
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Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue International Journal of Public Administration;
ISSN 1532-4265
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Innovation policy
innovation systems
policy instruments
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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