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Flanders Ahead, Wallonia Behind (But Catching up): Reconstructing Communities Through Science, Technology and Innovation Policymaking
Van Oudheusden, Michiel; Charlier, Nathan; Delvenne, Pierre
2019In Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society
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Keywords :
Flanders; Identity; Knowledge-based economy; Science and technology policy; Wallonia; Nation building
Abstract :
[en] Drawing on a documentary analysis of two socio-economic policy programs, one Flemish (“Vlaanderen In Actie”), the other Walloon (“Marshall Plans”), and a discourse analysis of how these programs are received in one Flemish and one Francophone quality newspaper, this article illustrates how Flanders and Wallonia both seek to become top- performing knowledge-based economies (KBEs). The paper discerns a number of discursive repertoires, such as “Catching up,” which policy actors draw on to legitimize or question the transformation of Flanders and Wallonia into KBEs. The “Catching up” repertoire places Flanders resolutely ahead of Wallonia in the global race towards knowledge, excellence, and growth, but suggests that Wallonia may, in due course, overtake Flanders as a top competitive region. Given the expectations and fears that “Catching up” evokes among Flemish and Walloon policy actors, the repertoire serves these actors as a flexible discursive resource to make sense of, and shape, their collective futures and their regional identities. The article’s findings underline the simultaneity of, and the interplay between, globalizing forces and particularizing tendencies, as Flanders and Wallonia develop with a global KBE in region-specific ways.
Research center :
Spiral
Cité - CITE
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Département de science politique
Charlier, Nathan ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Santé publique : aspects spécifiques
Delvenne, Pierre  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Département de science politique
Language :
English
Title :
Flanders Ahead, Wallonia Behind (But Catching up): Reconstructing Communities Through Science, Technology and Innovation Policymaking
Publication date :
2019
Journal title :
Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society
ISSN :
0270-4676
Publisher :
SAGE Publications, New York, United States - New York
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles. Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - F.R.S.-FNRS
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