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Knowledge Society vs. Knowledge Economy

Knowledge, Power, and Politics

  • Editors
  • Sverker Sörlin
  • Hebe Vessuri

Part of the Issues in Higher Education book series (IHIGHER)

About this book


A new collection in the IAU Issues in Higher Education Series that deals with the major tensions between education and science. Drawing on experiences from a range of countries and regions, the book demonstrates the need to find new avenues for the management of knowledge production to ensure that it can meet increasingly global goals and demands.


education globalization higher education knowledge politics sustainable development university

About the authors

SVERKER SÖRLIN is Professor in the Division of History of Science and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
HEBE VESSURI is Head of the Department of Science Studies, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela.

Bibliographic information


'Almost all countries aspire to become 'knowledge economies' or 'knowledge societies.' The terms are frequently used interchangeably by politicians. This book explains why the terms are quite different, and why this difference has profound implications for the future role of universities in all countries throughout the world. The issues raised are of fundamental importance and the chapters in this book contribute in a masterly way to the much needed debate on the role of knowledge in society' - Geoffrey Oldham CBE, Former Director, the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and Chair of Trustees, the Science and Development Network