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Principals, agents, actors and research programmes.

Shove, Elizabeth (2003) Principals, agents, actors and research programmes. Science and Public Policy, 30 (5). pp. 371-381. ISSN 0302-3427

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Abstract

Research programmes appear to represent one of the more powerful instruments through which research funders (principals) steer and shape what researchers (agents) do. The fact that agents navigate between different sources and styles of programme funding and that they use programmes to their own ends is readily accommodated within principal–agent theory with the help of concepts such as shirking and defection. Taking a different route, I use three examples of research programming (by the UK, the European Union and the European Science Foundation) to argue that principal–agent theory cannot capture the cumulative and collective consequences of the relationships it seeks to describe.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Science and Public Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 24265
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2009 13:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24265

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