Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM-5672: Innovation Policy
Description: This graduate seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of the issues facing policy makers in trying to improve the innovative performance of the economy in Canada. Innovation policy is a good example of the challenges of developing and implementing policy where there is much debate on the underlying causes of the policy issues at hand and their solutions. Often as well, the choice of policy instruments can be controversial, reflecting broader debates about the appropriate relationship and roles between government and the private sector in the economy and the appropriate use of legal and expenditure policy tools.
While the primary perspective of this course is that of the policy maker, a good understanding of the issues and content of innovation policy requires a good understanding of the literature dealing with how innovation arises in economies, and the analysis of the relatively better or poorer performance of different firms, industrial sectors and indeed, different national economies. As a consequence, the seminar will focus on why industrial innovation is considered so important in economic policy making and on the different views on what makes firms and economies innovative. While much of this literature is not overly technical in nature, some familiarity with productivity and competitiveness analysis would be helpful in mastering course material. The course will also focus on some examples of policy responses to the innovation challenge in Canada and the dilemmas facing policy makers.
Faculty: Michael Jenkin (Winter 2012)
Source: Syllabus downloaded from http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2012-winter-course-outlines/ (accessed 6 January 2014)