European paradox

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Coined in a European Commission Green Paper in 1995.

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European paradox (uncountable)

  1. The perceived failure of European countries to translate scientific advances into marketable innovations.
    • 2006, Maurice Kogan, Transforming Higher Education [1], ISBN 140203489X, page 174:
      "... the research policy paradigm was already well embedded in a competitiveness/innovation oriented understanding and an understanding of the so-called European paradox, that is, the conjecture that EU member states play a leading global role in terms of top-level scientific output, but lag behind in the ability of converting this strength into wealth-generating innovations."