Between Politics and Science
Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Reseach
By (author) David H. Guston
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Between Politics and Science by David H. Guston
Book DescriptionThis book combines political-economic, sociological and historical approaches to provide a coherent framework for analysing the changing relationship between politics and science in the United States. Fundamental to this relationship are problems of delegation, especially the integrity and productivity of sponsored research: politicians must see that research is conducted with integrity and productivity, and scientists must be able to show it. A science policy regime changes when solutions to these problems change. After World War II, the 'social contract for science' assumed that the integrity and productivity of research were automatic and, despite many challenges, that contract endured for four decades. However in the 1980s, as rich empirical studies show, cases of misconduct in science and flagging economic performance broke the trust between politics and science. New 'boundary organizations', in which scientists and nonscientists collaborate to assure the integrity and productivity of research, were created to mend the relationship.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521030809
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David H. Guston
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These two volumes cover the ethical, legal, policy, social, economic, and business issues raised by nanoscience and technology.
Between Politics and Science, Hardback (January 2000)
Professor Guston provides an analysis of the changing relationship between politics and science in America.
Fragile Contract, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by David H. Guston
Is there a crisis in the relations between research universities and the federal government? This book brings together essays by scientists, university leaders, scholars, and science watchers from government agencies and non-profit groups to address this issue.
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