Governance of Innovation Systems: Volume 3

Case Studies in Cross-Sectoral Policy

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This book provides lessons from case studies in policy governance for the information society and sustainable development. It highlights important lessons from these policy areas for the governance of innovation policy, and illustrates mechanisms and practices for better co-ordination and integration across policy areas.

Companion volumes to this edition are:

  • Governance of Innovation Systems – Volume 1: Synthesis Report
  • Governance of Innovation Systems – Volume 2: Case Studies in Innovation Policy



Governance in Austrian Information Society Policy

Progress without Strategy?

Against the background of developments of the past decade, this chapter takes a skeptical view of the possibility of steering developments in sectors as divers as e-government, ebusiness, e-health, e-learning, etc., through a “grand design” and an overarching strategy. It describes how Austria has twice failed to produce a general information society strategy, but has nevertheless succeeded in promoting ICT diffusion and use in areas such as e-government.


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