Journal article

Innovation and innovators inside government: From institutions to networks

Mark Considine, Jenny M Lewis

GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

Innovation and innovators inhabit an institutional space, which is partially defined by formal positions and partially by informal networks. This article investigates the role of politicians and bureaucrats in fostering innovation inside government and provides an empirical explanation of who the innovators are, whether this is mostly an attribute of position or role, or mostly an effect of certain forms of networking. The study uses original data collected from 11 municipal governments in Australia in order to define and describe the normative underpinnings of innovation inside government and to show the importance of advice and strategic information networks among politicians and senior bu..

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