Socio-Economic and Developmental Needs: Focus of Foresight Programmes

KTK/IE Discussion Papers No. 2003/13

34 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2010 Last revised: 30 Jul 2012

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Attila Havas

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (HAS)

Date Written: November 2, 2003

Abstract

Emerging economies in Central and Eatern Europe can benefit significantly from conducting foresight programmes. Yet, foresight should not be conducted for its own sake – just because it is becoming “fashionable” throughout the world, and currently being promoted by the EU. On the contrary, there should be a strong link between foresight, decision preparation and policy-making.

In other words, foresight should be used in the context of (adequately identified) policy needs. Its focus (e.g. pure science and technology, techno-economic or socio-economic) is, therefore, largely determined by the perceived socio-economic and developmental needs. Further, its focus, broad objectives, geographical scope, themes, time horizon, methods and participation are closely interrelated, and thus a careful – but flexible – project design is needed to assure coherence among these constituents. It should be borne in mind, however, that foresight is only one of the available policy instruments, and definitely not a panacea.

Keywords: technology foresight, focus of foresight, emerging economies, project design

JEL Classification: O38

Suggested Citation

Havas, Attila, Socio-Economic and Developmental Needs: Focus of Foresight Programmes (November 2, 2003). KTK/IE Discussion Papers No. 2003/13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1634074

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