Handbook on Science and Public Policy
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Handbook on Science and Public Policy

Edited by Dagmar Simon, Stefan Kuhlmann, Julia Stamm and Weert Canzler

This Handbook assembles state-of-the-art insights into the co-evolutionary and precarious relations between science and public policy. Beyond this, it also offers a fresh outlook on emerging challenges for science (including technology and innovation) in changing societies, and related policy requirements, as well as the challenges for public policy in view of science-driven economic, societal, and cultural changes. In short, this book deals with science as a policy-triggered project as well as public policy as a science-driven venture.
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Chapter 18: Triple Helix: a universal innovation model?

Henry Etzkowitz and Alice Zhou

Abstract

The Triple Helix Model has been proposed as a tool to describe and understand the complex field of University–Industry–Government (U–I–G) interactions. This chapter introduces its conceptual history as well as its origins in the nexus of Silicon Valley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and compares it to Innovation Systems Theory. The chapter then discusses both the role of the model in current knowledge societies and the particular circumstances of Silicon Valley in its development. Lastly, the authors reflect on the generalizability of the model and highlight its advantages.

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