TRAMES, 2003, 7(57/52), 1, 21–31




Aant Elzinga


Göteborg University


Abstract. Currently there is debate about the changing conditions of scientific research and appropriate models of knowledge production. Mode 2 and Triple Helix are two of the catchwords used to denote new models of scientific knowledge production. They highlight network characteristics, interplay between research and users, as well as modes of manage­ment based on partnering. The present article reviews some of the changes in the research landscape in Western countries that have prompted a rethinking of science policy and the shift from the so-called linear model of innovation to conceptualisation in terms of networks and partnering. This review is framed in a more general discussion of OECD science policy doctrines. In conclusion it is found that the new network models of science policy are deficient in that they tend to exaggerate certain features in limited segments of the current policy-making landscape, but in doing so they at the same time reinforce images and policies dictated by macro-economic forces of globalisation. The present article tries to correct for this lack of critical thinking.


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