International Science and Technology Cooperation in a Globalized World
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International Science and Technology Cooperation in a Globalized World

The External Dimension of the European Research Area

Edited by Heiko Prange-Gstöhl

In a globalized knowledge-economy, the European Union (EU) needs a new approach to its international science and technology (S & T) policies by focusing on improved coherence across the different tiers of government and by demonstrating leadership in tackling serious global challenges. The contributors to this book analyze European S & T policies in several areas of global concern as well as by exposing both the pitfalls of policy coordination and its potential to contribute to a more coherent international S & T policy. They highlight the interactions between national, European and international policies, and explore how a common European policy for international S & T cooperation could work, and under which conditions. The book concludes that an EU external S & T policy is more likely to emerge if member states and the European Commission focus on a limited number of strategic priorities where Europe really can make a difference.
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Chapter 14: From the ‘External Dimension of the ERA’ to an ‘EU External S & T Policy’? Conclusions and Perspectives

Heiko Prange-Gstöhl

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14. From the ‘external dimension of the ERA’ to an ‘EU external S&T policy’? Conclusions and perspectives Heiko Prange-Gstöhl1 INTRODUCTION This volume aimed at deepening the analysis of the external dimension of the European Research Area (ERA) by arguing that in a globalized knowledge economy the European Union (EU) needs a new approach to its international S&T policies by, first, demonstrating leadership in tackling major global challenges (as one of the major rationales for developing the international dimension of the ERA) and, second, by aiming at more coherence of S&T policies across the different tiers of government – both horizontally and vertically (that is, the coordination aspect in the external dimension of the ERA to work more effectively together). As already argued in Chapter 1, these two issues are closely interrelated: on the one hand, policy coordination has the potential to enable actors to address major problems more effectively; on the other hand, the ever more pressing need to address global challenges more effectively (and efficiently) is likely to motivate policymakers to closer coordinate their individual (national) policies. Analysing the external dimension of the ERA in the way it has been done in this volume highlights the interactions between the national, European and international policies and politics, including actors and institutions at all levels, thereby helping us to understand what a ‘(common) European policy for international S&T cooperation’ could look like and under which conditions such a policy could be possible. Authors in this volume approached...

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