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Biotechnology and governance in Australia and Sweden: Path dependency or institutional convergence?

Lofgren, Hans and Benner, Mats LU (2003) In Australian Journal of Political Science 38(1). p.25-43
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Biotechnology and governance in Australia and Sweden: Path dependency or institutional convergence?},
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  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2003},
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