Transnational Science Spaces and Policy Transfer: case study of Sino-Singapore Science Parks

Miao, T. (2016) Transnational Science Spaces and Policy Transfer: case study of Sino-Singapore Science Parks. In: AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 29 Mar - 2 April 2016,

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The current international policy agenda is still western dominant, so does the academic research. Compared to the rich North-to-South unidirectional policy exports, limited researches have been done on the policy mobility between emerging economies. This paper examines the joint Sino-Singapore science spaces in China in order to fill this gap. Using Suzhou Industry Park and Singapore-Xi'an Science Park as case studies, this paper relied on strategic documents, government websites and archives analysis, which put together a jigsaw puzzle on the motivations that drive actors to engage in this innovative project, the mechanisms of influence from both sides, as well as why this flagship project failed as a state entrepreneurship for Singapore but bounced back after the ownership transfer. More importantly, this paper identified what were the obstacles in policy learning through such transnational science spaces, and what the Singapore and Chinese governments have learnt from this failed join venture and turned the experience around into a constructive experiment. Following an inductive theoretical logic, the paper reflects on the learning alliance and strategic coupling literatures. The key lessons drawn from the case studies are the pivotal roles of timing, mediator, structure and environment of the coupling/alliance. Wider policy recommendations and following studies are outlined at the end of the paper.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miao, Dr Tian
Authors: Miao, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
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