IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Learning two coins one-side-trick Interaction of social science and policy – On the importance of policy learning

The paper outlines a systemic based approach to policy learning – to the development of policy making capabilities and competences – and the role of social science and related policy analysis to the policy making process. The accompanying essay, Hauknes and Koch (R-18-2003), outlined some paradoxes and implications of these that the authors have observed in the interaction of industrial and other economic policy systems with social scientists and researchers supporting policy making in these areas. The paper argued for the need of an improved understanding of the communication process and the concomitant coevolution of competences and capabilities. The purpose of this note is to outline an approach to these issues – to policy learning. The framework outlined below has been used in a small scale research project on policy learning within the framework of a large scale European project on the supply and use of innovation services in Europe, RISE – RTOs in the service economy, see Hales et al (2001). The project was partially funded by the European Commission within the Framework Programme. Support is gratefully acknowledged.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy in its series STEP Report series with number 200319.

in new window

Date of creation:
Handle: RePEc:stp:stepre:2003r19
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Hammersborg torg 3, 0179 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +4722868010
Fax: +4722868049
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

Order Information: Web:

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Keith Smith, "undated". "New directions in research and technology policy: Identifying the key issues," STEP Report series 199401, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
  2. Rosenberg,Nathan, 1994. "Exploring the Black Box," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521459556.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:stp:stepre:2003r19. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Nils Henrik Solum)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.