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The elusive partnership: Science and foreign policy


  • Caroline S Wagner


Nearly ten years after Eugene Skolnikoff tagged science, technology, and international affairs the “elusive transformation,” the relationship has evolved, but both policy communities remain dissatisfied with the linkages. This may be unavoidable. Science and foreign policy have very different dynamics: one is a networked, peer-based community that holds few traditions; the other is a hierarchy of relationships based on history, protocol, and tradition. Nevertheless, these two systems find that their interests are increasingly overlapping, as the foreign policy portfolio contains issues with a scientific component, and as science grows more international in scope and practice. This article seeks to explicate the foreign policy aspects of science: its policy motivations, structures, and processes, in an effort to explain at least one part of the partnership. Science represents a potentially powerful tool for improving international relations, and learning to use it may benefit both science and international affairs. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Caroline S Wagner, 2002. "The elusive partnership: Science and foreign policy," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 29(6), pages 409-417, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:29:y:2002:i:6:p:409-417

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    1. Makkonen, Teemu, 2013. "Government science and technology budgets in times of crisis," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 817-822.
    2. Koen Jonkers & Laura Cruz Castro, 2010. "The internationalisation of public sector research through international joint laboratories," Working Papers 1014, Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), CSIC.
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    4. Stefan Hennemann & Diego Rybski & Ingo Liefner, 2011. "The Myth of Global Science," ERSA conference papers ersa10p246, European Regional Science Association.

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