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Innovation, Complexity and Policy

Contributions from 30 years of innovation policy research in Austria

Edited By Matthias Weber

This book brings together a set of contributions that show the breadth and depth of the scientific work of Josef Fröhlich and his influence on Austrian research, technology and innovation (RTI) policy. It is edited in honour of the occasion of his retirement as Head of Innovation Systems Department at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. The contributors provide an overview of important issues of debate at the intersection of innovation studies and government policy, which have been pivotal for the modernisation and consolidation of the Austrian innovation system since the early 1990s.

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Complextiy, acceleration, globalisation – A challenge for democratic governance (Ludwig Streit)


Ludwig Streit

Complextiy, acceleration, globalisation – A challenge for democratic governance

Abstract: Democracy, as we know it, assumes transparency of the issues, sufficient time for their deliberation, and political sovereignty for implementation. Profound adaptations of democratic governance are called for to ensure legitimation and control under the auspices of complexity, acceleration, and globalisation.

1 Introduction

It must have been around 1973 that Harald Zingl, my mentor in Graz, told me: “This kid Sepp Fröhlich is a very bright student; you will enjoy working with him.”

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