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Innovation, Human Capabilities, and DemocracyTowards an Enabling Welfare State$
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Reijo Miettinen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692613.001.0001

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Institutional rhetoric between research and policy making

Institutional rhetoric between research and policy making

(p.14) 2 Institutional rhetoric between research and policy making
Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy

Reijo Miettinen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 reviews the rhetorical approaches that have been used in the study of the technology and innovation policy language and paradigms. Specifically, it analyses the nature of the policy buzzwords that have been developed interactively in research and policymaking. The concepts that have been used to make sense of these buzzwords, such as boundary concept, social representation, economic imaginary, transdiscursive term, and diagnosis of the age (Zeitdiagnose) are discussed. The key role of the OECD as a central transnational institutional link between innovation research and policymaking is examined. The rhetorical features of the major OECD documents on National Innovation System are analysed. They include anonymity, absence of alternative views and self-referentiality.

Keywords:   policy paradigms, OECD, boundary concept, economic imagery, transdiscursive term, buzzwords, Zeitdiagnose

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