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PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
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PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
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PADM 5411 Organization Theory
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PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
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PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
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PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
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Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM-5672: Innovation Policy

DescriptionThis 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 (accessed 6 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide excellent candidates for teaching topics to be developed:

  • Why Does Innovation Policy Matter to Governments?
  • Canada's Innovation Performance: As Good as Can Be Expected or National Crisis?
  • Financing Innovation in the Private Sector: How Critical is Public Money?
  • Universities as an Innovation Engine in the Economy
  • Promoting Innovation through Government Laboratories and Research Institutes
  • Intellectual Property and Its Role in Promoting Innovation
  • Human Capital and Innovation: How Important are Skills to Innovation? 
  • Industrial Clusters or Enabling Technologies: Does Place of Innovation Matter or Should the Focus be on Key Technologies?
  • Innovation Policy and Regionalism: Strength or Weakness?
  • Does the Nationality or Size of Innovative Firms Matter: MNEs vs. National Champions; Small Firms vs. Large?

Page created by: Ian Clark, 7 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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