The Use of S&T Indicators in Science Policy: Dutch experiences and theoretical perspectives from policy analysis

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    Abstract

    The relation between bibliometrics and science policy remains underdeveloped. Relevance of new methods to produce indicators is easily claimed, but often without real insight in the policy processes. Drawing on experiences with the use of S&T indicators in science policy in the Netherlands and on principal-agent theory, I develop an analytical perspective which enbles to assess the role of S&T indicators in science policy. It is argue that the use of S&T indicators can only be understood well if one takes the socio-political context with its specific dynamics and rationalities into account.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)87-101
    Number of pages15
    JournalScientometrics
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

    Keywords

    • IR-58657
    • METIS-148865

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