UK innovation foundation Nesta has analysed the General Election 2019 manifestos, asking: how much have the main political parties really grasped the ways in which innovation is transforming the UK’s economy and society?
People and places are being ‘left behind’ because they are cut off from the economic frontier - the knowledge economy. This is leading to low productivity, increasing inequality, and declining trust in politics.
To address these challenges, Nesta believes that the next government needs to change how the knowledge economy works – building an inclusive economy, preparing people for the future and transforming democracy, in particular by giving more people the power to shape the direction that new technologies and innovations take.
Review of the manifestos:
Madeleine Gabriel, head of inclusive innovation, Nesta, comments:
“A number of immediate issues like Brexit, security and the NHS are understandably taking centre stage during this general election campaign but politicians must also look much further ahead. For the UK to be ready to face the economic, social and political challenges, we need long-term solutions and manifestos containing ‘long-term thought’. If you took a ‘pick n’ mix’ from each of the major party manifestos you could assemble a whole that could help to drive an inclusive knowledge economy but taken individually, each party has missed this vital opportunity.”
Analysis of each of the main parties’ manifestos is published on Nesta’s website: https://www.nesta.org.uk/feature/nestas-response-general-election-2019/.
A single episode podcast featuring Nesta’s policy team discussing the manifestos reviewed in this General Election series will be released next week.
Notes to editor
Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. We've spent over 20 years working out the best ways to make change happen through research and experimenting, and we've applied that to our work in innovation policy, health, education, government innovation and the creative economy and arts. Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. We work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good.