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Reconfiguring Knowledge Production: Changing Authority Relationships in the Sciences and their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation

Richard Whitley, Jochen Gläser, and Lars Engwall


The governance of the public sciences has profoundly changed since the Second World War, especially with regard to funding structures, the autonomy, and accountability of public research organizations and universities, and the extent to which research is steered towards societal usefulness. Going beyond previous analyses of these changes in science studies, science policy, and higher education studies, this book presents and applies a novel approach that provides an integrated assessment of changes in public science systems and their impact on scientific innovation. Its basic assumptions are ( ... More

Keywords: governance, public services, scientific innovation, PPS, authority relations, scientific knowledge

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Whitley, editor
Professor of Organisational Sociology, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
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Jochen Gläser, editor
Senior Researcher, Center for Technology and Society, Technical University Berlin

Lars Engwall, editor
Professor of Business Administration, Uppsala University, Sweden
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I Reorganizing Academia

2 The UK Research Assessment Exercise

Ben Martin and Richard Whitley

II Reorganizing Research Organizations

5 Informed Authority?

Jochen Gläser, Stefan Lange, Grit Laudel, and Uwe Schimank

7 Mission Now Possible

Frank Meier and Uwe Schimank

III Reorganizing Scientific Fields

9 Mediating Problem Choice

Liudvika Leišytė, Jürgen Enders, and Harry de Boer

10 The Limits of Universality

Jochen Gläser, Stefan Lange, Grit Laudel, and Uwe Schimank

Concluding Reflections

End Matter