Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Language

English

Abstract

This paper examines relationships between collaborative governance and technological innovation. Collaborative governance is a key strategy for this form of innovation but remains under-researched. This paper explores how and to what extent collaborative governance can contribute to technological innovation, using a case study of wind energy in China. Drawing on a comparative analysis of three provinces, Xinjiang, Shanghai and Guangdong, the paper presents three major findings. Firstly, the three provinces reflect local variations in their models of government-industry-university collaboration. Xinjiang illustrates a hierarchical model, Shanghai’s model is highly institutionalised, while Guangdong has adopted a market model. Secondly, the mechanisms for collaborative governance are conceptualised into three integral elements: resources (such as funds, personnel and technological knowledge), structures (such as collaborative institutions and learning networks) and processes (such as resource pooling and learning). Thirdly, the Chinese model of collaborative governance for technological innovation shares some important characteristics with western models but also exhibits some differences. The relatively limited role of public service organisations, a domestic market dominated by state-owned enterprise, the relatively inactive role of industrial associations and an emergence of policy networks distinguishes the Chinese models.

Keywords

collaborative, governance, technological innovation, wind energy in China

Publication Date

1-2014

Source Publication Title

Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space

Volume

32

Start Page

509

End Page

529

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1068/c11101

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1068/c11101

ISSN (print)

0263774X

ISSN (electronic)

14723425

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