Social control and knowledge in democratic societies

Grundmann, Reiner and Stehr, Nico (2003). Social control and knowledge in democratic societies. Science and Public Policy, 30 (3), pp. 183-188.


In this article we introduce the notions of knowledge policy and the politics of knowledge. These have to be distinguished from the older, well-known terms of research policy, or science and technology policy. While the latter aim to foster the development of innovations in knowledge and its applications, the former is aware of side effects of new knowledge and tries to address them. While research policy takes the aims of innovations as largely unproblematic (insofar as they help improving national competitiveness), knowledge policy tries to govern (regulate, control, restrict, or even forbid) the production of knowledge.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology research group
Languages & Social Sciences
Aston Business School
Additional Information: Copyright of the Beech Tree Publishing
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge,policy,technology,innovations,regulate,control,restrict,production,Geography, Planning and Development
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Published Date: 2003-06-01
Authors: Grundmann, Reiner
Stehr, Nico

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