3.2 A reduced role for government
Overall, there has been a trend towards less involvement, or at least different and less direct involvement, by the state. Sometimes, it is not a case of reduced state influence. Increasingly major projects and programme are being carried out on a collaborative basis, involving joint public and private initiatives. In terms of policy development, collaboration between government planning agencies and the private sector is becoming more common with interaction between government and private agency policies becoming two way.
Often, the role of government is better described as a ‘steering’ role - trying to give direction to a restricted range of technological issues, in a vast sea of complexity and uncertainty.