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Chapter 25: Changing Policy Agendas in Science and Technology

Changing Policy Agendas in Science and Technology

Changing policy agendas in science and technology
Aant Elzinga, Andrew Jamison

STUDIES of science and technology (S&T) policy occupy a weak and rather fragmented position within the broader STS community. A number of approaches representing different disciplinary and professional identities compete with each other for political and academic attention. The fragmentation may be explained by the variation in national context in which science policy and its academic study are carried out, including differences in intellectual traditions as well as different patterns of institutionalization. Often the primary audiences for such studies are policymakers and scientists rather than a distinct community of peers.

For the purposes of this chapter, we would like to make a distinction between science policy and the politics of ...

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