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POL2338H1F L0101

Undergraduate Course Code: POL408H1F L0101

Innovation and Governance


The course discusses a broad range of topics related to innovation and governance, such as (i) technological change and its social and economic consequences, (ii) the spatial effects which result from this, and (iii) the necessities for economic policies at different territorial levels. Since international competitiveness of industrial economies cannot be based on cost advantages alone, future growth in the knowledge-based economy will be increasingly associated with capabilities related to creativity, knowledge generation and innovation. As a consequence, questions of performance in innovation and policy support will become decisive at the firm level, and at the regional and national-state levels. The first part of the course deals with conceptual foundations of innovation processes, such as evolutionary and institutional views of innovation. In the second part, national configurations of innovation processes are investigated. The third part will deal with innovation processes at the subnational level, focusing on regional clustering, institution building, multilevel governance and regionalized innovation systems.


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Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. The seminar work consists of the following components: a research paper and proposal, seminar presentations, and participation.