Constructing the “Bioeconomy”: The political econometrics of a nascent policy object

 

Constructing the “Bioeconomy”: The political econometrics of a nascent policy object

SAGE 5711

January 30, 2008 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This paper explores what one might call "political econometrics"— the politics of efforts to create economic categories and render them into objects of political concern and policy attention. In particular, the paper examines a project to construct the category of the "bioeconomy." This project was initiated by the International Futures Program (IFP)—an agency within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The paper describes how the IFP seeks to define the "bioeconomy." The analysis considers how the IFP deploys definitions, metaphor, and measurement devices in an effort aimed at transforming this nascent entity into a recognizable object of public policy.

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