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The Austrian Competence Centre Programmes: The Sometimes Unexpected Pleasures Of Learning in Politics Dr. Peter Biegelbauer Institute for Advanced Studies.

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1 The Austrian Competence Centre Programmes: The Sometimes Unexpected Pleasures Of Learning in Politics Dr. Peter Biegelbauer Institute for Advanced Studies Projects Financed by the FWF and the Austrian National Banque

2 What Is Policy Learning? FormTargetContent Policy (oriented) learning PoliciesPolicy relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes Managerial learning Operations(Programme) management Political learningPolitical processTactics and strategies for policy advocacy

3 The Austrian RTD System in the 1990s One major policy instrument Five ministries Two social partners (Very) scare resources No interest from top-level politics = no authoritative politically legitimised coordination Communication of ministries lacks trust = prisoners dilemma and reform blockade

4 Calls for Reform The Schmidt-Hochleitner concept, a radical reform initiative, fails in spring of 1997 In fall of 1997 a young science and transport ministry official begins to think about a new programme in his ministry A bit later a senior economics ministry civil servant takes up the idea for his ministry

5 Learning (I) Policy phaseKnowledge sourcesActors Problem findingTheorising on science- industry linkage: NIS Policy advisers, civil servants Policy findingForeign experience: SWE, CDN, AUS Policy advisers, civil servants, foreign managers

6 Learning (II) Policy phaseKnowledge sourcesActors Policy making: assembling core group 10 years of experience with the ITF Civil servants, policy advisers Policy making: extended group, coalition building 15 years of experience with the neo-corporatist Austrian RTD policy- making style (political) Civil servants, policy advisers, intermediary agencies, cabinet Policy making: decision-making, raising money Cabinet, minister, civil servants

7 Learning (III) Policy phaseKnowledge sourcesActors ImplementationInstruments supporting learning (MAP, SOL: managerial) Programme managers, civil servants EvaluationFive years of experience with competence centre programmes, international experiences International and national policy advisers, civil servants, programme managers

8 Learning and Its Pleasures The (widely) unexpected pleasures of learning There is no learning without communication Learning becomes more likely in certain institutional settings (creating spaces for communication, building trust to overcome prisoners dilemma, disturbing routines and hierarchies to allow innovation) Learning needs motivation (e.g. problem-pressure) Political learning is a precondition for a policy innovation, too

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