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Myths or reality - a scrutiny of dominant beliefs in the Swedish science policy debate

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  • Anders Granberg
  • Staffan Jacobsson

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This paper identifies and critically discusses the validity of a set of dominant beliefs in the current debate on Swedish science policy. The beliefs, which centre on academic research, include important assumptions about the scale, orientation, functions, control and funding of such work. We argue that these beliefs are either wrong or stand on very shaky empirical ground. Mistaken beliefs are dangerous in that they may lead policy-makers to define the key issues wrongly, or to ignore some of them. By formulating alternative beliefs, we point to a set of policy issues that need to be addressed, and urgently. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Anders Granberg & Staffan Jacobsson, 2006. "Myths or reality - a scrutiny of dominant beliefs in the Swedish science policy debate," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 33(5), pages 321-340, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:33:y:2006:i:5:p:321-340
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    1. Ejermo, Olof & Kander, Astrid & Svensson Henning, Martin, 2011. "The R&D-growth paradox arises in fast-growing sectors," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 664-672, June.
    2. Edquist , Charles & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia , Jon Mikel, 2015. "The Innovation Union Scoreboard is Flawed: The case of Sweden – not being the innovation leader of the EU," Papers in Innovation Studies 2015/16, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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    4. Edquist , Charles & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia , Jon Mikel, 2015. "The Innovation Union Scoreboard is flawed: The Case of Sweden – not the innovation leader of the EU – updated version," Papers in Innovation Studies 2015/27, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.

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