Handbook on Science and Public Policy
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Handbook on Science and Public Policy

Edited by Dagmar Simon, Stefan Kuhlmann, Julia Stamm and Weert Canzler

This Handbook assembles state-of-the-art insights into the co-evolutionary and precarious relations between science and public policy. Beyond this, it also offers a fresh outlook on emerging challenges for science (including technology and innovation) in changing societies, and related policy requirements, as well as the challenges for public policy in view of science-driven economic, societal, and cultural changes. In short, this book deals with science as a policy-triggered project as well as public policy as a science-driven venture.
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Chapter 23: Globalization and the rise of rankings

Paul Wouters

Abstract

Quality and impact are increasingly the two pillars of research evaluation. These categories are often taken for granted as attributes of research that can be measured and judged in a rational assessment process. But how do these evaluation processes actually work? The chapter argues, on the basis of a summary of key results from the scholarly literature, that quality and impact are actually the result of, rather than the input into, the evaluation activities. Both can be interpreted as boundary objects at the interface between the world of research and the world of policy.

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