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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 7: Europe beyond the European Union: a multitude of models

Mats Benner


The European Union represents only a small share of the investments in science and innovation in Europe, the main part being carried out via the nation-states. This chapter looks in particular at the development of science and innovation policy in the UK, but also to some extent in Germany and France. It concludes that the nation-state is still the most important policy level in Europe, and showcases the complex interplay between policy developments in general and science and innovation policy in particular.

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