Journal Article

Social sciences and science policies in Mexico

Heriberta Castaños-Lomnitz

in Science and Public Policy

Volume 33, issue 2, pages 115-123
Published in print March 2006 | ISSN: 0302-3427
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1471-5430 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3152/147154306781779127
Social sciences and science policies in Mexico

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Mexico has around 800 active social research scientists in a population of 105 million. In 2005 the achievements of the Mexican academic community have earned both international recognition and criticism. A survey of 200 senior social research scientists may suggest that public policies introduced after 2000 were not widely supported by a fragmented scientific community. Criticism was aimed at the dearth of academic positions for young scientists, and at quantitative evaluation procedures of proposals and promotions. Mexico spends 0.40% of its gross national product (GNP) on science and technology. The promised target of 1% of GNP has not been reached, and participation of the scientific community in policy-making remains modest. Open dissent among some segments of the scientific community led to the resignation of the head of Conacyt, the federal agency in charge of science policy. We interpret the results of our survey as portraying some disappointment among the active social science community in the quality of leadership provided by an administration that had promised a more significant support of science.

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

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