Science, technology and innovation policy

Demand-side Innovation Policies




Pages: 188
Published: May 2011
ISBN 978-92-64-09887-9




Demand-side innovation policies have been receiving increasing interest from a number of OECD countries in recent years in the context of slow growth and lagging productivity performance. Pressures on fiscal budgets in the aftermath of the financial crisis have also motivated governments to seek ways to boost innovation without necessarily engaging in new programme spending, primarily to meet social demands in areas such as health, energy or the environment.

This book examines dynamics between demand and innovation and provides insights into the rationale and scope for public policies to foster demand for innovation. It shows the potential – but also the limits – of using public procurement, regulations or standards to stimulate public and private demand for innovation, including among SMEs. Drawing on country experience and case studies, this volume illustrates good practices for designing, implementing and evaluating demand-side innovation policies.

Table of contents

Executive summary (download pdf)

I. Demand-side innovation policies: Theory and practice in OECD countries

Dynamics of demand and innovation
Demand-side innovation policies and instruments
Evaluating demand-side innovation policies
Challenges for demand-side innovation policies
Key messages and recommendations

II. Country case studies on demand-side innovation
Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, European Union  

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