The European challenge: Innovation, policy learning and social cohesion in the new knowledge economy

The European challenge: Innovation, policy learning and social cohesion in the new knowledge economy

By: Graham Room (author), Dr Nick Gould (author), Adrian Winnett (author), Richard Vidgen (author), Philip Powell (author), Jacob Dencik (author), Jan Steyaert (author), Richard Kamm (author)Paperback

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Economic and social change is accelerating under the twin impact of globalisation and the new information technologies. But how are these processes interrelated? Are they impelling us towards a common socio-economic future? What can governments do if they want to manage and steer the direction of development? This book addresses these questions with particular reference to the European Union, which has made the development of a socially cohesive, knowledge-based economy its central task for the present decade. It assesses both the challenges and the policy instruments that are being deployed, focussing in particular on the dynamics of the 'new economy'; the new organisational architectures associated with rapid innovation; the transformation of education and training; the implications for social cohesion and exclusion and the role of policy benchmarking in promoting policy learning and enhancing national performance. The European Challenge presents the most up-to-date research on the development of the knowledge-based economy and its social and policy implications. Its accessible and integrated treatment of the processes of economic, social and technological change make it an invaluable resource for those studying and researching in the fields of public and social policy, organisational and technological change and innovation. It is also highly relevant to policy-makers who need to understand and manage this change.

About Author

Graham Room and his co-authors are based at the University of Bath, UK, in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, the Department of Economics and International Development and the School of Management.


The new knowledge-based economy; The EU response; Growth and stability; Dynamics and innovation; Enterprise and organisational change; Human investment and learning; Social cohesion and inclusion; Models and measurement; Benchmarking and governance; Globalisation and the knowledge economy.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781861347398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781861347398
  • ISBN10: 1861347391

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