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Title: Rhetoric of innovation policymaking in Hong Kong using the innovation systems conceptual approach
Authors: Sharif, Naubahar
Keywords: Innovation Systems
Hong Kong
Issue Date: May-2010
Citation: Science, technology & human values, v. 35, no. 3, 2010. p. 408-434. (pre-published version)
Abstract: Since its introduction in the 1980s, use of the innovation systems (IS) conceptual approach has been growing, particularly on the part of national governments including, recently, the Hong Kong Government: In 2004, the Hong Kong Government set forth a ‘new strategy’ for innovation and technology policymaking. Because it marked a significant break from the past (characterized by a laissez-faire Government attitude), it was necessary to convince a wider audience to accept this new strategy, a strategy which included the IS conceptual approach. Adopting a science and technology studies (S&TS) perspective, I show how the IS conceptual approach is being used as a rhetorical resource by the Hong Kong Government in its innovation and technology policymaking in an effort to persuade its perceived audience of the efficacy of its new strategy for its policies—policies that are in fact unrelated to the basic precepts of the IS conceptual approach. The case provides a cautionary tale in the ways in which policymakers transform scholarly work and scientific discovery into rhetorical instruments in support of a political agenda.
Rights: Science, technology & human values © copyright 2010 Sage
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