Richard Whitley, Jochen Gläser and Lars Engwall (eds.), Reconfiguring Knowledge Production: Changing Authority Relationships in the Sciences and Their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation
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For some time now, studies of the system of publicly funded scientific research have reported changes in several dimensions, such as its overall size, the main features of projects in various disciplines, the influences on research agendas, the roles of universities, government agencies, funding organizations and private companies, and a shift towards an altogether new mode of knowledge production, among other things. This book represents an attempt by several well recognized scholars in the field of science studies to put all those changes into a single coherent analytical framework in order to determine the main mechanisms at play and understand its causes and consequences at all levels. The main organizing theme for this enterprise is the idea that, with the changes in the system of publicly funded research over the post-WWII period, a change in “governance” has occurred, which is articulated in terms of specific “authority relations” among the social actors. With an empirically...