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Concurrent Power. The role of Policy Networks in the Multi-level Governance of Science and Innovation in Scotland

Lyall, C

January 2005

Innogen working paper no. 33

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Regional boundaries and distinct institutions and policy agendas confer on Scotland a characteristic regional system of innovation which affords multiple opportunities for interactions between policy-makers and policy targets. Coupled with the coalition nature of Scottish government, one might infer that Scotland should offer a set of circumstances congenial to the operation of policy networks which might facilitate policy integration within the Scottish system of innovation. However, the predominance of the public sector and the gate-keeping roles therein still present significant barriers to the effective operation of such networks in Scotland and militate against an integrated approach to science and innovation.

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