Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 8: Research and innovation

Anne Haglund-Morrissey


The European Commission has, in particular since the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis, repeatedly argued for the importance of research and innovation (R & I) investment as a smart, lasting way out of the crisis and, in the current period of economic recovery, as a source of renewed growth, for strengthening the European Union’s global competitiveness, and for addressing global societal challenges. This chapter focuses on how the Commission and its Directorate-General for R & I from a political entrepreneurial angle contribute to the Europe 2020 objectives by taking initiatives that boost European R & I and that optimise its impact, where R & I is considered essential both for addressing global challenges and in triggering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as job creation. It is argued that priority is given to R & I investment, the promotion of reforms in national R & I systems, and an increase in funding levels of the EU framework programme for research to enable recovery and growth.

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