At Arm's Length? Applied Social Science and its Sponsors

Journal of Academic Ethics 8 (3):161-169 (2010)
Abstract
The article deals with trust in applied social science research in the light of applied researchers’ increased dependence on project funding. Taking Norway as a case study it shows how the societal organization of research funding has implications for scientific freedom and ultimately for the confidence we have in research. The article gives an account of various ways the sponsors can influence on applied social science research and discusses the legitimacy of different limitations on scientific freedom. The article concludes with proposals for how the challenges to scientific freedom posed by the research funding framework can be addressed structurally, as well as on the level of the research community
Keywords Scientific freedom  Applied social sciences  Sponsors  Norway
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-010-9112-1
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