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The New Global Politics of Science

Knowledge, Markets and the State

Mats Benner

Science has become a central political concern with massive increases in public investments and expectations, but resources are embedded in a complex web of societal expectations, which vary between countries and regions. This book outlines an insightful understanding of science policy as both concerning the governance of science itself (priority-setting, funding, organization and articulation with polity, society, and economy) and its extra-organizational connections, in terms of higher education, innovation and national policy concerns.
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Chapter 3: India waits: the protracted route to a knowledge state

Mats Benner

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This chapter is dedicated to India, which affords a similar but at the same time different story from China’s: similar ambitions to showcase the country as a scientific and innovative leader, but with a much less focused and decentred policy approach. The chapter traces the background to this in the colonial heritage, in the fragmentation of the Indian state apparatus and in India’s weak position in the global exchange of competence.

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