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European Union Research Policy

Contested Origins

  • Offers an original inquiry based on extensive archival research into the political history of EU research policy

  • Highlights the influence of international political ideas on EU policy rather than focusing merely on national interests and European institutions

  • Combines methods from political science and history to provide an innovative study targeted to researchers, students, practitioners, bureaucrats, and politicians


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Veera Mitzner
    Pages 1-32
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Veera Mitzner
      Pages 127-145
    3. Veera Mitzner
      Pages 147-175
    4. Veera Mitzner
      Pages 177-211
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Veera Mitzner
      Pages 215-227
    3. Veera Mitzner
      Pages 257-282

About this book


This book describes the emergence of research policy as a key competence of the European Union (EU). It shows how the European Community (EC, the predecessor of the EU), which initially had very limited legal competence in the field, progressively developed a solid policy framework presenting science and research as indispensable tools for European economic competitiveness and growth. This book conveys the contested history of one of the EU’s most successful policies. It is a story of struggle and frustration but also of a great institutional and intellectual continuity. The ideational edifice for the EC/EU research policy that was put in place during the 1960s and 1970s proved remarkably robust. Its durability enabled the rapid take-off of the European Commission’s initiatives in the more favorable political atmosphere of the early 1980s and the subsequent expansion of the EU research funding instruments and programs that permanently transformed the European research landscape.

Veera Mitzner is the Future Earth Network Lead at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado, the University of Colorado Boulder, USA


knowledge-based economy Lisbon Agenda Horizon 2020 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD EC/EU European integration Euratom European Commission COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology European Science Foundation Single European Act CREST ESPRIT European Union Politics European Politics EC Research Policy European Community European Research Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Future Earth, The Sustainability Innovation Lab at ColoradoUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

About the authors

Veera Mitzner is the Future Earth Network Lead at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado, the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, where she designs and leads global efforts to strengthen sustainability science and knowledge-based decision-making. She holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, Italy.

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