This book examines the politics of technology, and provides a detailed analysis of developments and debates within the European Union, international trade and governance.

An important empirical contribution to the literature on the relations between politics and technology, this volume contains empirical statistical studies based on a wide variety of different types of data, and includes expert contributions from different academic disciplines. With a selection of detailed case studies, this book is divided into three main sections:

  • The first part presents contributions on the role of domestic national policies for innovation and idea diffusion, including studies on Japan and the European Union.
  • The second part takes a critical look at how the international system of intellectual property rights access to knowledge, opportunities for development and health improvement, examining the TRIPS agreement and the European patent system.
  • The third part focuses on the role of foreign direct investment in innovation and idea diffusion, with studies on a wide range of cases using different, novel data material.

Governance and Knowledge will be of interest to students, scholars and policy-makers of European politics, political economy, international trade, governance and economics.

chapter 1|10 pages


Politics and the creation and diffusion of knowledge
ByHelge Hveem, Carl Henrik Knutsen

part Part I|52 pages

National politics, policies and innovation

chapter 2|16 pages

Democracy, dictatorship and technological change

ByCarl Henrik Knutsen

chapter 3|21 pages

Is the economic crisis impairing convergence in innovation performance across Europe?

ByDaniele Archibugi, Andrea Filippetti

chapter 4|13 pages

The impact of unfair competition laws on innovation activities

ByAnamaria Maftei

part Part II|53 pages

International governance and innovation

chapter 5|17 pages

The globalisation of intellectual property rights

Four lessons learned and four theses
ByDaniele Archibugi, Andrea Filippetti

chapter 6|16 pages

Policy capture, convergence and challenge

The European Union and the Doha Amendment to the TRIPS Agreement
ByHelge Hveem

chapter 7|18 pages

The governance of patents in Europe

An improved patent impact assessment for new technology developments
ByEvisa Kica, Nico Groenendijk

part Part III|121 pages

Foreign direct investment and R&D

chapter 8|14 pages

Foreign direct investment and technological convergence

ByMichael Hübler

chapter 9|16 pages

“Attract FDI!” – a universal golden rule?

Empirical evidence for OECD and selected non-OECD countries
ByRobert Stehrer, Julia Woerz

chapter 10|23 pages

Multinational firms' R&D investment in developing countries

Determinants of location choices
ByViviana Maftei

chapter 11|16 pages

Does foreign ownership facilitate cooperation on innovation?

Firm-level evidence from the enlarged European Union
ByMartin Srholec

chapter 12|11 pages

Public policies and the location of EU business R&D

Insights from the EC IRMA Survey
ByMichele Cincera, Claudio Cozza, Alexander Tübke

chapter 13|19 pages

Firms' internationalisation in the service industries

Evidence for Norway
ByFulvio Castellacci

chapter 14|20 pages

Backward FDI linkages as a channel for transferring technology and building innovation capability

The case of Slovenia1
ByMaja Bučar, Matija Rojec, Metka Stare