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Holistic Innovation Policy: Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems, and Instrument Choices

Susana Borrás and Charles Edquist


This book is about holistic innovation policy: its theoretical foundations, its problem-oriented approach, and its instrument choices. We start with the observation that most of the current innovation policies are not holistic because they only focus on a few determinants of innovation processes. This book provides a theoretically anchored foundation for the design of holistic innovation policy by identifying the core policy problems that tend to afflict the activities of innovation systems, including the unintended consequences of policy itself. This is a necessary stepping stone for the iden ... More

Keywords: innovation policy, systems of innovation, grand challenges, policy instruments, innovation processes, holistic, procurement, mission-oriented, R&D policy, additionality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susana Borrás, author
Professor of Innovation and Governance, Copenhagen Business School

Charles Edquist, author
Chair in Innovation Research, Lund University