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Crossing boundaries: social science in the policy room

Webster, A. (2007) Crossing boundaries: social science in the policy room. Science, Technology and Human Values, 32 (4). pp. 458-478. ISSN 0162-2439

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Abstract

This article discusses the relationship between a deconstructivist method in science and technology studies (STS) and the more recent moves towards a reconstructivist engagement with science and science policy making. Drawing on examples from the author's own research, the article identifies three forms of engagement and their relative utility and limitations. The article argues that these are typical of STS work that seeks direct engagement with science policy making and which could form the basis for a more "serviceable STS" that retains its critical and independent perspective on science. The paper concludes by arguing that the analysis has important implications for the ways in which STS expertise can articulate with science policy making.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 13:54
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 13:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243907301004
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/0162243907301004
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7490

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