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Rockets and Reindeer - the history of the Swedish innovation system for space and its spatial dimensions

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  • Sörlin, Sverker

    () (Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Wormbs, Nina

    (Royal Institute of Technology)

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Given the strength of the Swedish air force and the role of state procurement in industrial expansion, so called development pairs, the size and direction of the non-military but relatively large Swedish space activity raises questions. The purpose of this article is to investigate the historic reasons for Swedish space activities, i.e. research and technology development, with focus on the early period. The relative weight of different policy areas has changed considerably over time. In our analysis the space sector in Sweden has adapted to a multilevel, multi-policy situation and has been instrumental in shaping a science and technology based social innovation system with focus on the Kiruna region.

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  • Sörlin, Sverker & Wormbs, Nina, 2008. "Rockets and Reindeer - the history of the Swedish innovation system for space and its spatial dimensions," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 120, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0120
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    innovation systems; Sweden; innovation policy; system evolution;

    JEL classification:

    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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