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Taming unruly science and saving national competitiveness: Discourses on science by Sweden's strategic research bodies
Chalmers University of Technology.
Chalmers University of Technology.
2005 (English)In: Science, Technology and Human Values, ISSN 0162-2439, E-ISSN 1552-8251, Vol. 30, no 4, 443-467 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Promoting collaboration between university researchers and practitioners from the business and public sectors has emerged as an important tool of science policy. This article examines the discourses that policy makers employ in promoting this strategy by analyzing the narratives about the social relevance of science and its role vis-à-vis the industrial sector in the context of strategic research funding in Sweden. Four dominant discourses on science are identified and discussed. It is argued that these policy frames construct a boundary between research and practice, which is in turn used as rhetorical justification for research funding policies that seek to increase business influence and input to university research at the expense of academic autonomy in this sphere. © 2005 Sage Publications.

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2005. Vol. 30, no 4, 443-467 p.
Keyword [en]
Discourse, Image of science, Relevance, Rhetoric, Science policy
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50430DOI: 10.1177/0162243905276504OAI: diva2:271326
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2010-05-17Bibliographically approved

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