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The Idea of Technological Innovation

A Brief Alternative History

Benoît Godin

This timely book explores technological innovation as a concept, dissecting its emergence, development and use. Beno"t Godin offers an exciting new historiography of the subject, arguing that the study of innovation originates not from scholars but from practitioners of innovation.
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Chapter 6: Inventing innovation policy

Benoît Godin


The representation of innovation as a process and a system led to inclusive or integrative policy. An innovation policy is inclusive; it is a whole, a “policy mix”. It concerns several ministries and public agencies; it coordinates many measures or policy instruments; it addresses a large range of issues. In terms of government action, whole or total means the “co-ordinated and concerted action” of several ministries and the combination of direct (funding) and indirect (climate) measures.

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