'Are we realizing our potential? Joining up science and technology policy in the English regions

Charles, David and Benneworth, Paul (2001) 'Are we realizing our potential? Joining up science and technology policy in the English regions. Regional Studies, 35 (1). pp. 73-79. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

Science policy in England is determined within a governance system in which regional interests and perspectives are over‐looked in favour of short term national excellence. Regional policies and the creation of the new Regional Development Agenciesboth are critically dependent on central government decisions over the spatial location of R&D spending. The scientific governance system lacks a mechanism to ensure that science policy works to improve regional competitiveness and scientific performance; thus, regional diVerences and strengths are overlooked by Whitehall departments in favour of the most vocal and well-networked representatives from a limited number of companies. Uneven scientific development with a lack of diversity in England is not a rational market decision but a continually reinforcing consequence of a chain of government policy decisions.