publication . Article . 2003

Principals, agents and research programmes

Elizabeth Shove;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2003 Journal: Science and Public Policy, volume 30, pages 371-381 (issn: 0302-3427, eissn: 1471-5430, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
Research programmes appear to represent one of the more powerful instruments through which research funders (principals) steer and shape what researchers (agents) do. The fact that agents navigate between different sources and styles of programme funding and that they use programmes to their own ends is readily accommodated within principal-agent theory with the help of concepts such as shirking and defection. Taking a different route, I use three examples of research programming (by the UK, the European Union and the European Science Foundation) to argue that principal-agent theory cannot capture the cumulative and collective consequences of the relationships i...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Public Administration, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Sociology, European union, media_common.cataloged_instance, media_common, Public relations, business.industry, business, Publishing
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publication . Article . 2003

Principals, agents and research programmes

Elizabeth Shove;