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The Role of R&D in Industrial Policy: Rise and fall of a research driven strategy for industrialisation

  • Olav Wicken

    (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)

R&D has played a central role in Norwegian public industrial policy for only a relatively short period. Before 1963, there was little interest in linking technological research policy to a wider national industrial strategy. During the mid 1960s, attempts were made to link public research more closely to industrial development, and the state became more engaged in funding industrial R&D. During the 1980s, governments increased public industrial R&D funding substantially, and for a short period of time research became a core element in national industrial policy. However, from the early 1990s the situation again changed. Public research policy lost its significance in wider national industrial strategies.

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Paper provided by Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo in its series Working Papers on Innovation Studies with number 20070603.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:tik:inowpp:20070603
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