Today, European knowledge governance has to deal with a number of long-standing contradictions and tensions over its goals, organization and distribution of power across multiple levels and actors. Major contradictions include tensions between economic and social aims, between self-organization and steering, between diversity and convergence, and between European integration and globalization. The ways these contradictions are managed will largely determine the future of European knowledge governance.
The contributors to this symposium analyze potentials, risks and mechanisms for addressing often deep-rooted and path-dependent tensions and contradictions in Europe of Knowledge. To do so, they draw on various disciplines, theoretical and methodological perspectives and empirical bases, allowing for an analysis of the major trends in multi-level knowledge governance and their implications for European futures.