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A very obvious answer

May 14, 2012 Leave a comment

While asking presidential candidates to engage in a meaningful science policy debate, G. Pascal Zachary wonders:

Is there a way to discuss efficiency and outcomes in S&T without setting off a firestorm among researchers?

There’s a very easy answer to this question: Nope, not a chance!

I’ve been scolded in the past for noting that scientists are another special interest group who will always ask for more money. Though I admit I sometimes overdo this line of thinking, it is a useful framework that the S&T policy community need to embrace more strongly.

That said, Zachary’s essay is excellent and I largely (entirely?) agree with it.

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Categories: Academia, Special Interest