Social control and knowledge in democratic societies

Reiner Grundmann, Nico Stehr

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In this article we introduce the notions of knowledge policy and the politics of knowledge. These have to be distinguished from the older, well-known terms of research policy, or science and technology policy. While the latter aim to foster the development of innovations in knowledge and its applications, the former is aware of side effects of new knowledge and tries to address them. While research policy takes the aims of innovations as largely unproblematic (insofar as they help improving national competitiveness), knowledge policy tries to govern (regulate, control, restrict, or even forbid) the production of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003

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  • knowledge
  • policy
  • technology
  • innovations
  • regulate
  • control
  • restrict
  • production


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