Institutional rhetoric between research and policy making

Reijo Miettinen

in Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199692613
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191750762 | DOI:
Institutional rhetoric between research and policy making

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Chapter 2 reviews the rhetorical approaches that have been used in the study of the technology and innovation policy language and paradigms. Specifically, it analyses the nature of the policy buzzwords that have been developed interactively in research and policymaking. The concepts that have been used to make sense of these buzzwords, such as boundary concept, social representation, economic imaginary, transdiscursive term, and diagnosis of the age (Zeitdiagnose) are discussed. The key role of the OECD as a central transnational institutional link between innovation research and policymaking is examined. The rhetorical features of the major OECD documents on National Innovation System are analysed. They include anonymity, absence of alternative views and self-referentiality.

Keywords: policy paradigms; OECD; boundary concept; economic imagery; transdiscursive term; buzzwords; Zeitdiagnose

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Subjects: Innovation

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