publication . Article . 2005

Public values and public failure in US science policy

Barry Bozeman; Daniel Sarewitz;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2005 Journal: Science and Public Policy, volume 32, issue 2 4, pages 119-136
Domestic science policy in the United States is linked inextricably to economic thinking. We seek to develop a practical analytical framework that confronts the manifest problems of economic valuing for science and technology activities. We argue that pervasive use of market valuation, market-failure assumptions and economic metaphors shapes the structure of science policy in undesirable ways. In particular, reliance on economic reasoning tends to shift the discourse about science policy away from political questions of “why?” and “to what end?” to economic questions of “how much?” Borrowing from the “public values failure framework”, we examine public values cr...
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Public Administration, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Market value, Economics, Political question, Case vignette, Economic thinking, Public economics, Policy studies, Positive economics, Science policy, Publishing, business.industry, business
Science and Innovation Policy Studies
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