Knowledge Policy illustrates how the production of knowledge has become central to economic life, and that competitiveness in the 21st century market place is characterized by the ability to translate scientific and technological knowledge into innovation. Does this therefore render cultural and social knowledge unimportant? The contributors attempt to answer this and other important questions using a broader epistemological base for the term `knowledge'. Policy implications are then developed from this perspective.
By examining long-term challenges, this unique book explains what we actually mean by the term `knowledge' and raises fundamental critiques of existing conceptions of knowledge. It argues that fresh policy thinking is needed not only in more obviously knowledge-intensive sectors, but also across all areas of knowledge production. By way of illustration, the effects of the different dynamics of the knowledge era on defence, health, employment, environment, indigenous and international relations, multiculturalism and urban policy are explored. The book then addresses the enduring question of whether it is possible to produce too much knowledge at the expense of wisdom.
Providing a thorough treatment on the meaning, production and application of knowledge, this book will provide a fascinating read for academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers with an interest in public policy and knowledge-based economies.
Edited by Greg Hearn, Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and David Rooney, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia,
Contents: 1. Introduction Greg Hearn and David Rooney 2. Knowledge Services Ian Miles 3. Education and the Knowledge Economy Michael A. Peters 4. Women and Cognitive Authority in the Knowledge Economy Juli Eflin 5. Cultural and Creative Industries Terry Flew 6. From Creative Industries to Creative Economy Stuart Cunningham 7. Information Society Policy Lee Komito 8. The Role of Media in the Knowledge Economy David Rooney, Bernard McKenna and Rhonda Breit 9. Science and Technology Policy Futures Neal Ryan and Michael B. Charles 10. Justifying Science: The Need for Macroeconomic Knowledge Policy Steve Fuller 11. The New Biology: Implications for Knowledge Policy Sigrid A. Lehnert 12. Copyright 2010: The Need for Better Negotiability/Usability Principles Brian Fitzgerald 13. Industry Policy as Innovation Policy Kate Morrison and Jason Potts 14. Employment and Innovation in the Information Economy John Quiggin 15. Environment, Water and Energy in the 21st Century: The Role of Deliberative Governance for the Knowledge Society Richard Hindmarsh 16. Citizenship, Migration and Multiculturalism After 9/11: Towards New Policies for Naturalization Dora Kostakopoulou 17. A New Paradigm for Ethical and Sustainable Indigenous Knowledge Policy Hitendra Pillay 18. International Relations and Geopolitics Rosita Dellios 19. Knowledge Policy and the Future of War, Defence and Peace Emma N. Kennedy da Silva and Rod B. Lyon 20. Conclusion: Towards Integrated Knowledge Policy Greg Hearn and David Rooney Index