Biotechnology and governance in Australia and Sweden: path dependency or instutional convergence?

Lofgren, Hans and Benner, Mats 2003, Biotechnology and governance in Australia and Sweden: path dependency or instutional convergence?, Australian journal of political science, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 25-43.

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Title Biotechnology and governance in Australia and Sweden: path dependency or instutional convergence?
Author(s) Lofgren, Hans
Benner, Mats
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 43
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Summary The development of new generic technologies occurs within traditional structures of industry-government interaction, but also unleashes a process of 'creative destruction' generating new institutional patterns. This article, focusing on biotechnology, describes and compares policy processes and institutional arrangements in Australia and Sweden. The Swedish biotechnology sector displays a pattern of fragmentation and relatively weak state steering. Australia, by contrast, has implemented a set of comparatively coordinated regulatory and other measures to foster the growth of biotechnology. This observation contradicts the characterisation of Sweden as a 'strong state' economy, and challenges the depiction of Australia as lacking in state steering capacity. The relative open-endedness of the search in these countries for a mode of regulation of biotechnology suggests that the role of the state in economic restructuring today is fundamentally distinct from that of earlier periods.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australasian Political Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002281

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Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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