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Tensions in the research council-research community relationship

Magnus Gulbrandsen

in Science and Public Policy

Volume 32, issue 3, pages 199-209
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0302-3427
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-5430 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3152/147154305781779524
Tensions in the research council-research community relationship

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Research councils have often met difficult balancing acts, for instance between basic and applied research, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work, and trade-off decisions about review and monitoring systems. Contemporary councils such as the Research Council of Norway (RCN) often have multiple missions that introduce new tensions when innovation goals, new forms of monitoring and user control enter the scene. This article views tensions in the research council-research community relationship from a principal-agent perspective using data from an empirical investigation of RCN. The principal-agent dilemmas ‘adverse selection’ and ‘moral hazard’ are tied to the discussion of tensions, including an exploration of how these dilemmas can be ‘balanced’ or ‘stabilised’.

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Public Policy

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