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Towards European Science

Dynamics and Policy of an Evolving European Research Space Edited by Linda Wedlin, Associate Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden and Maria Nedeva, Professor of Science and Innovation Dynamics and Policy, University of Manchester, UK
Since the concept of the European Research Area was launched at the beginning of this century, significant effort has been made to realise the vision of a coherent space for science and research in Europe. But what is such a space, and how is it developing? This timely book analyses the dynamics of change in policy and governance of science and research within Europe over the past decade. It widens the scope of traditional policy analysis by focusing attention on the interaction between policy rationales, new governance mechanisms, and the organisational dynamics of the scientific field. The contributors build a novel analytical framework to understand the European research space as one shifting from a fragmented space of ‘science in Europe’ to one that is labelled ‘European Science’, and the chapters explore dynamics of this shift through the lenses of political science, organisation theory, science policy and related analytical traditions.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78254 550 7
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Since the European Research Area was launched at the beginning of the century, significant efforts have been made to realise the vision of a coherent space for science and research in Europe. But how does one define such a space and measure its development? This timely book analyses the dynamics of change in the policy and governance of science
and research within Europe over the past decade. It widens the scope of traditional policy analysis by focusing attention on the interaction between policy rationales, new governance mechanisms, and the organisational dynamics of the scientific field.

The contributors build a novel analytical framework to understand the European research space as one shifting from a fragmented space of “Science in Europe” to one that is labeled “European Science”. The chapters explore the dynamics of this shift through the lenses of political science, organisation theory, science policy and related analytical traditions.

Towards European Science is an interdisciplinary book which will attract a wide set of scholars and professionals interested in science policy, governance and scientific practice. It will also be of use to university leaders and managers, as well as policy-makers and practitioners working on issues of internationalisation and the Europeanisation of science.
‘Introduction of a common European currency has been, and is, a process bristling with difficulties. Will establishing European science be any easier? The contributors to the volume have treated this question with the seriousness it deserves. The results steer away from an easy optimism, but emphasize the importance of such enterprise. This insightful text should be of interest to policy makers and scientists alike, not the least because it shows how the two groups influence each other.’
– Barbara Czarniawska, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

‘After reading the volume, it is easy to agree with the editors and to recommend the book to all actors in any research space interested in the science policy in the EU and the transformation of the European research/science space.’
– Comparativ
Contributors: I. Bleiklie, D. Braun, L. Cruz-Castro, J. Enders, L. Engwall, Å. Gornitzka, T. Hedmo, K. Jonkers, B. Lepori, T. Luukkonen, G. Mathisen Nyhagen, M. Nedeva, L. Sanz-Menéndez, L. Wedlin
Contents:

1. Towards European Science: An Introduction
Linda Wedlin and Maria Nedeva

2. From ‘Science in Europe’ to ‘European Science’
Maria Nedeva and Linda Wedlin

3. European Research Area: An Evolving Policy Agenda
Terttu Luukkonen

4. Actor Constellations in the European Funding Area
Dietmar Braun

5. Executive Governance of European Science – Technocratic, Segmented, and Path Dependent?
Åse Gornitzka

6. Transnational Organizations Defining Quality and Excellence
Linda Wedlin and Tina Hedmo

7. Organizing Knowledge Institutions – Standardizing Diversity
Ivar Bleiklie, Gigliola Mathisen Nyhagen, Jürgen Enders and Benedetto Lepori

8. Academies and their Roles in Policy Decisions
Lars Engwall

9. The Internationalisation of Research Institutes
Laura Cruz-Castro, Koen Jonkers and Luis Sanz-Menéndez

10. Quo Vadis European Science?
Linda Wedlin and Maria Nedeva

Index