Anticipatory Innovation Governance Model in Finland

Towards a New Way of Governing

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This report examined how Finland has been incorporating anticipatory functions within its governance system to deal with complex and future challenges in a systemic way. The report applies a new model of anticipatory innovation governance (AIG), developed by the OECD, addressing a considerable gap in prior knowledge and guidance on how governments prepare for unknowable futures. It consists of three parts: an overview of the anticipatory innovation governance model; the assessment of the anticipatory innovation capacity of the Finnish Government; and the pilot case studies, where the principles and functions of the model are explored in practice.


Need for a new future-oriented model of governance

More than ever, policy environments are characterised by complex, uncertain, multi-causal contexts, where risk taking is limited and short-termism prevails. There is a need to introduce long-term perspectives and future-oriented decision making into policy and use strategic foresight to anticipate different futures.


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