The future role of government in knowledge-based economies

Hearn, Gregory N. & Rooney, David J. (2002) The future role of government in knowledge-based economies. Foresight: The Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy, 4(6), pp. 23-33.

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In this article, we draw together aspects of contemporary theories of knowledge (particularly organisational knowledge) and complexity theory to demonstrate how appropriate conceptual rigor enables both the role of government and the directions of policy development in knowledge-based economies to be identified. Specifically we ask, what is the role of government in helping shape the knowledge society of the future? We argue that knowledge policy regimes must go beyond the modes of policy analysis currently used in innovation, information and technology policy because they are based in an industrial rather than post-industrial analytical framework. We also argue that if we are to develop knowledge-based economies, more encompassing images of the future than currently obtain in policy discourse are required. We therefore seek to stimulate and provoke an array of lines of thought about government and policy for such economies. Our objective is to focus on ideas more than argument and persuasion.

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ID Code: 18745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1108/14636680210453461
ISSN: 1463-6689
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2009 04:17
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:08

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