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Science policy through stimulating scholarly output. Reanalyzing the Australian case
Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands..
Uppsala Univ, Uppsala, Sweden..
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1292-8239
2016 (English)In: STI2016 - Proceedings of the 21ST international conference on science and technology indicators / [ed] Rafols, I MolasGallart, J CastroMartinez, E Woolley, R, UNIV POLITECNICA VALENCIA , 2016, p. 531-540Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a long standing debate about perverse effects of performance indicators. A main target is science policy using stimulation of output as instrument. The criticism is to a large extent based on a study of the Australian science policy in the early 1990s. Linda Butler studied the effects and argued that the effect was an growth of output, but also a decrease of average quality of the output. These results have been cited many times. In this paper we reanalyze this case and show that the analysis of Butler was wrong: the new Australian science policy did not only increase the output of the system, but also the quality went up. We discuss the implications.

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UNIV POLITECNICA VALENCIA , 2016. p. 531-540
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-242754ISI: 000436233100067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-242754DiVA, id: diva2:1288393
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21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators
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Available from: 2019-02-13 Created: 2019-02-13 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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