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    On Commodification and the Governance of Academic Research.Merle Jacob - 2009 - Minerva 47 (4):391-405.
    The new prominence given to science for economic growth and industry comes with an increased policy focus on the promotion of commodification and commercialization of academic science. This paper posits that this increased interest in commodification is a new steering mechanism for governing science. This is achieved by first outlining what is meant by the commodification of scientific knowledge through reviewing a selection of literatures on the concept of commodification. The paper concludes with a discussion of how commodification functions as (...)
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    Mode 2 and the Tension Between Excellence and Utility: The Case of a Policy-Relevant Research Field in Sweden.Carin Håkansta & Merle Jacob - 2016 - Minerva 54 (1):1-20.
    This paper investigates the impact of changing science policy doctrines on the development of an academic field, working life research. Working life research is an interdisciplinary field of study in which researchers and stakeholders collaborated to produce relevant knowledge. The development of the field, we argue, was both facilitated and justified by the, at the time dominant, science policy orthodoxy in Sweden, sector research. Sector research science policy doctrine favoured stakeholder-driven research agendas in the fields relevant to the sector. This (...)
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    Scientification of Politics or Politicization of Science? Traditionalist Science-Policy Discourse and its Quarrels with Mode 2 Epistemology.Tomas Hellstrom & Merle Jacob - 2000 - Social Epistemology 14 (1):69-77.
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    Revisiting ‘Weinberg’s Choice’: Classic Tensions in the Concept of Scientific Merit. [REVIEW]Tomas Hellström & Merle Jacob - 2012 - Minerva 50 (3):381-396.
    Alvin Weinberg’s classic and much debated two articles in Minerva, “Criteria for Scientific Choice” (1963) and “Criteria for Scientific Choice II – The Two Cultures” (1964), represent two of the first and most important attempts to create a meta-discourse about priority setting in science policy, and many of the points advanced remain relevant. The goal of this paper is to elaborate on the relevance of some of Weinberg’s original arguments to priority setting today. We have singled out four issues for (...)
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    Taming Unruly Science and Saving National Competitiveness: Discourses on Science by Sweden’s Strategic Research Bodies.Merle Jacob & Tomas Hellström - 2005 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 30 (4):443-467.
    Promoting collaboration between university researchers and practitioners from the business and public sectors has emerged as an important tool of science policy. This article examines the discourses that policy makers employ in promoting this strategy by analyzing the narratives about the social relevance of science and its role vis-à-vis the industrial sector in the context of strategic research funding in Sweden. Four dominant discourses on science are identified and discussed. It is argued that these policy frames construct a boundary between (...)
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    Uncertainty and Values: The Case of Environmental Impact Assessment.Tomas Hellström & Merle Jacob - 1996 - Knowledge and Policy 9 (1):70-84.
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  7. Book Reviews : Science and Empires: Historical Studies About Scientific Development and European Expansion, Edited by Patrick Petitjean, Catherine Jami, and Anne-Marie Moulin. Boston: Kluwer, 1992, 411 + Xiii Pp. [REVIEW]Merle Jacob - 1994 - Science, Technology and Human Values 19 (1):115-117.
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    Constructing Cultural Identity: The Question of Caribbean Existence.Merle Jacob - 1997 - Social Epistemology 11 (1):59 – 68.
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    The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University.Merle Jacob - 2011 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (4):423-426.
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    Utilization of Social Science Knowledge in Science Policy: Systems of Innovation, Triple Helix and VINNOVA.Merle Jacob - 2006 - Social Science Information 45 (3):431-462.
    The objective of this article is to analyse the utilization of two academic narratives about innovation policy in policy discourse by examining the policy statements issued by one Swedish agency that was specifically set up to promote innovation policy, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, VINNOVA. The main findings of this analysis show that the deployment of the examined academic narratives in policy discourse is not accidental nor is it only limited to a role of legitimating policy decisions. The article (...)
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