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Boundary work in the regional innovation policy mix: SME digital technology diffusion policies in Wales

Henderson, Dylan ORCID: 2023. Boundary work in the regional innovation policy mix: SME digital technology diffusion policies in Wales. Science and Public Policy 50 (3) , pp. 548-558. 10.1093/scipol/scad006

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In recent decades research has begun to examine the concept of the regional policy mix and its implications for regional innovation. While this has highlighted the role of interactions between multilevel policy instruments and potential for duplication and synergies it has tended to underplay the contribution of policy actors to managing such policy mix processes. The paper seeks to add to this literature by introducing the concept of boundary work, viewing it as a form of agency practice seeking to create, maintain and disrupt instruments within the policy mix. Through a case study of digital technology diffusion instruments in Wales (UK) the paper examines the actors, practices and effects of boundary work in the regional policy mix. The findings show that boundary work can help to manage tensions in the policy mix through anticipatory practices, but that complexity and uncertainty in the regional innovation policy mix presents ongoing challenges to policy makers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0302-3427
Funders: European Regional Development Funds through Welsh Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2023
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2024 17:05

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