Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies

ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 264

32 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018

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Thomas Dietz

University of Muenster; University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law

Jan Börner

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Jan Janosch Förster

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Joachim von Braun

University of Bonn - Department of Economic and Technological Change

Date Written: July 16, 2018

Abstract

More than forty states worldwide currently pursue explicit political strategies to expand and promote their bioeconomies. This paper assesses these strategies in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our theoretical framework differentiates between four pathways of bioeconomic developments. The extent, to which bioeconomic developments along these pathways lead to increased sustainability, depends on the creation of effective governance mechanisms. We distinguish between enabling governance and constraining governance as the two fundamental political challenges in setting up an effective governance framework for a sustainable bioeconomy. Further, we lay out a taxonomy of political support measures (enabling governance) and regulatory tools (constraining governance) that states can use to confront these two political challenges. Guided by this theoretical framework, we conduct a qualitative content analysis of 41 national bioeconomy strategies to provide systematic answers to the question of how well designed the individual national bioeconomy strategies are to ensure the rise of a sustainable bioeconomy.

Keywords: Bioeconomy, Governance, Development Policy, Innovation, Technology, Bio-based

JEL Classification: O3, Q0, L5, H0

Suggested Citation

Dietz, Thomas and Börner, Jan and Förster, Jan Janosch and von Braun, Joachim, Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies (July 16, 2018). ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 264. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3214439

Thomas Dietz (Contact Author)

University of Muenster ( email )

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University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law ( email )

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Jan Börner

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

Jan Janosch Förster

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

Joachim Von Braun

University of Bonn - Department of Economic and Technological Change ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, 53113
Germany

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