The New Knowledge Economy in Europe

The New Knowledge Economy in Europe

A Strategy for International Competitiveness and Social Cohesion

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

Knowledge is fast becoming one of the main sources of wealth, yet it can also become a source of inequalities. The New Knowledge Economy in Europe attempts to determine whether it is possible to hasten the transition towards a knowledge-based economy and enhance competitiveness with increased employment and improved social cohesion across Europe. The book is an amalgamation of the scientific and political agendas which led to the European strategy for the knowledge-based economy adopted by the European Union.

Acknowledgements

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy

Extract

This book presents the main outcomes of a prolonged and complex interaction between the scientific and the political agenda at the European level. Two kinds of outcome have emerged: new theoretical issues and a longterm strategy for the European Union. This interaction was made possible by a new kind of alliance between the intellectual community and the political community which respected their autonomy and was fostered by some mediators belonging to both, as in my case as coordinator of this process. Therefore my first acknowledgements go to Prime Minister António Guterres who, from the outset, had the vision and the ambition to launch an extensive process for long-term thinking and decision, involving his colleagues, heads of state and prime ministers; enthusiastic contributions were received from all of them which, subsequently, gave the impetus to the hundreds of contributions which followed from political bodies and civil society in Europe. A very important contribution also came from the various members of the Portuguese government who ‘spread the word’ on behalf of the Presidency of the European Union. In our various tours of capitals we have nearly always received very positive feedback. My second acknowledgements go to my colleagues, and now friends, authors of this book who understood the magnitude of the opportunity and of the challenge from the beginning and committed themselves to preparing their own contribution and to exposing their own ideas to a large and diversified public. I want to stress the privilege of having their collaboration,...

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