Introduction: Science and public policy – relations in flux

Dagmar Simon, Stefan Kuhlmann, Julia Stamm, Weert Canzler

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This Handbook on Science and Public Policy will capture a landscape in flux: the relation between science and society has been changing in the last decades, and it has become a hot topic in the science system and inscience policy studies. Even though historically the topic is not new, it seems that the roles of science and innovation are being debated more explicitly: the demand for science-based innovation is growing while the legitimation of scientific research is being questioned. Scientific knowledge is hailed as a significant societal and economic resource in global competition. Innovations emerging from science are considered to be the key to market success and prosperity. At the same time, scientific knowledge and research-based innovation are supposed to address so-called grand societal challenges and help achieve ‘sustainable development goals’ (United Nations 2015). Yet, there is also pressure to legitimise the increasing amounts of public funding for research worldwide. And the questions ‘how does society benefit from science?’ and ‘which research is “relevant” and “useful”?’ are raised emphatically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Science and Public Policy
EditorsDagmar Simon, Stefan Kuhlmann, Julia Stamm, Weert Canzler
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781784715946
ISBN (Print)9781784715939
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Research on Public Policy series
PublisherEdward Elgar


  • Science policy
  • Public policy
  • Research policy
  • Innovation policy


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