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Changing boundaries: The role of policy networks in the multi-level governance of science and innovation in Scotland


  • Catherine Lyall


Regional boundaries and distinct institutions and policy agendas confer on Scotland a characteristic regional system of innovation that affords multiple opportunities for interactions between policy-makers and policy targets. Scotland should offer a set of circumstances congenial to the operation of policy networks, which might facilitate policy integration. However, the predominance of the public sector and the gate-keeping roles therein still present significant barriers to the effective operation of such networks and militate against an integrated policy approach. This Scottish case study provides lessons on policy-making in multi-level, multi-actor spaces for other regional governance systems. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Catherine Lyall, 2007. "Changing boundaries: The role of policy networks in the multi-level governance of science and innovation in Scotland," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 34(1), pages 3-14, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:34:y:2007:i:1:p:3-14

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    1. Laranja, Manuel & Uyarra, Elvira & Flanagan, Kieron, 2008. "Policies for science, technology and innovation: Translating rationales into regional policies in a multi-level setting," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 823-835, June.

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