Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy: Towards an Enabling Welfare State

Hardcover | March 7, 2013

byReijo Miettinen

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All governments strive to develop and implement policies that contribute to innovation. Both in academic research and policy circles, the concept of National Innovation Systems has represented a significant approach to industrial policy, research and development, and innovation. This book willreview the development and implementation of this approach, and its strengths and weakness by considering the experience of Finland, widely regarded as a model of the information society, high-quality equal education, and systemic innovation policy amongst the Nordic welfare states, which themselveshave increasingly topped the lists in national competitiveness. The first part of the book analyzes the foundations, emergence, and development of the National Innovation System approach and its adoption in Finnish science and technology policy throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In the second part of the book an alternative viewpoint to innovation and welfarepolicy is outlined, based on the idea of capability cultivating institutions as a key foundation, both for national welfare and competitiveness. The development of the Finnish comprehensive school and its special education system is studied in order to clarify the nature of institutional change andlearning, and the conditions of governing and developing the enabling services. The concept of an enabling welfare state is developed to answer the challenges of the Nordic model of welfare in a globalizing knowledge-driven economy.

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All governments strive to develop and implement policies that contribute to innovation. Both in academic research and policy circles, the concept of National Innovation Systems has represented a significant approach to industrial policy, research and development, and innovation. This book willreview the development and implementation o...

Reijo Miettinen has been Professor of Adult Education in the Institute of Behaviourial Sciences of the University of Helsinki since 2006. He held the Professorship of Research on Innovations and Research Work at the Department of Education, University of Helsinki from 2000-2005. He was the first scientific director of the Finnish Natio...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: the Finnish model of innovation and welfare2. Institutional rhetoric between research and policymaking3. NIS in innovation and technology policy research4. The adoption of NIS in the Finnish Science and Technology policy of the 1990s5. Policy discourse and reality of national innovation6. Institutional change and learning: The case of the Finnish basic education system7. Capability cultivating services as a foundation for welfare and innovation policies8. An enabling welfare state, collective learning and democracy9. Conclusions: Politics for the cultivation and mobilization of human capabilities