The New Global Politics of Science

Knowledge, Markets and the State

Mats Benner, Lund University School of Economics and Management and KTH-Royal institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Science has become a central political concern with massive increases in public investments and expectations, but resources are embedded in a complex web of societal expectations, which vary between countries and regions. This book outlines an insightful understanding of science policy as both concerning the governance of science itself (priority-setting, funding, organization and articulation with polity, society, and economy) and its extra-organizational connections, in terms of higher education, innovation and national policy concerns.

‘Mats Benner’s The New Global Politics of Science: Knowledge, Markets and the State provides an analytically insightful and impressively wide ranging contemporary account of the governance, or “knowledge politics”, of research across major national performers. The informed and balanced integration of analytical themes spanning national innovation systems, the politics of research, and science and technological studies make it a valuable contribution to several fields of study.’
– Irwin Feller, Pennsylvania State University, US

‘Benner's ambitious book globalizes the field of knowledge policy, showing how the universal link between science and economic growth, across all world regions supersedes previous distinctions among nations based upon traditional political and military criteria.’
– Henry Etzkowitz, Stanford University, US

‘The New Global Politics of Science ventures to study and analyze the growing national investment in science, including academic science. Mats Benner shows that while global forces are real and important, the nation-states and geography remain critical determinants of R&D productivity. His case study approach, including China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, and the pan-European research area, explores both differences and similarities in regional science systems and the heightened sense of competition and shared responsibility. Science remains not only the Endless Frontier, but increasingly the primary means of economic and, one hopes, social progress.’
– John Aubrey Douglass, University of California, Berkeley, US

2018 232 pp Hardback 978 1 78471 716 2 £67.50 £75.00 $108.00 $120.00

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