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The European challengeInnovation, policy learning and social cohesion in the new knowledge economy$
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Graham Room

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347398

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347398.001.0001

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Benchmarking and governance

Benchmarking and governance

(p.143) Nine Benchmarking and governance
The European challenge

Graham Room

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the role of benchmarking in relation to governance. It notes that if benchmarking of the new knowledge-based economy and policy learning are to be ‘intelligent’, they must deploy a range of tools proportionate to its complexity. It discusses that benchmarking, policy learning, political choice, and the pursuit of particular trajectories of socio-economic development all presuppose a certain level of State capacity. It explains that capacity-building is, indeed, an integral part of the Lisbon strategy, as countries are encouraged to build on best practice and Community programmes are refashioned to support achievement of the Lisbon goals.

Keywords:   benchmarking, governance, knowledge-based economy, policy learning, political choice, socio-economic development, capacity-building, Lisbon goals, State capacity

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