From user–producer relations to the learning economy

Björn Johnson
2011 Science and Public Policy  
This paper deals with three issues. First, the conceptual and theoretical development in Lundvall's writing from user-producer relations to the learning economy is discussed with a focus on his main contributions to innovation theory. Second, Lundvall's description of the learning economy is extended in that it is argued that it is driven by its internal contradictions, and by the institutional responses to these contradictions. This approach is not in conflict with Lundvall's views, but he has
more » ... s views, but he has not pursued it and it may give new insights into the dynamics of the learning economy. Finally the learning economy is placed as a central concept in the quest for a general theory of innovation, which for many years has characterized Lundvall's writings.
doi:10.3152/030234211x13070021633288 fatcat:r7m6nbjdhfezvldb2dxwimskfy