From 'knowledge use' to 'boundary work': sketch of an emerging new research programme for science/policy interactions

Robertus Hoppe

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This chapter is about a new agenda for inquiry into the relationships between science and public policy. So far, most research has conceptualised this relationship in terms of knowledge utilisation and downstream impact on the policy process. However, this leads to over-instrumentalisation and serious attenuation of expert advice. Therefore, I propose a new perspective: interaction through boundary work, a concept expressing how expert advice simultaneously demarcates and coordinates science and public policy. Research shows that there are many different types of boundary work depending on various types of policy problems. This chapter concludes with a proposal for a multilevel model, which enables us to understand the variety in types of boundary work, and discriminate conditions of success and failure of boundary arrangements and boundary work practices on several levels of analysis
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge democracy - Consequences for Science, Politics and Media
EditorsRoeland J. in 't Veld
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages389
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-11380-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series



  • IR-84534
  • METIS-268257

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