Keywords: innovation policy, system framework, China, new trends, policy analysis, collaboration, coordination mechanism, policy reform, top–level design
New trends in Chinese innovation policies since 2009 - a system framework of policy analysis
China's innovation development is attracting increasing attention from the international community. This study explores the new trends in Chinese innovation policy since 2009 based on a system framework of policy analysis. The results indicate the following: 1) The contribution rate of major agencies to policy has decreased incrementally, and the collaboration across ministries has declined since 2009 when the State Council failed to maintain the coordination mechanism for the implementation of the 'Medium– and Long–Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006–2020)' (MLP), while levels are higher than they were during the pre–2006 period; 2) China's innovation policies are transforming from financial and tax policies to industrial and fiscal policies in response to the global financial crisis; 3) The policy evaluation and policy reform that are considered to be a highlight of the Chinese innovation policy cycle are short–term solutions only, and the country still requires more 'top–level designs' instead of micro–level interventions.