Public Science, Private Interests: Culture and Commerce in Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence

By Janet Atkinson-Grosjean

© 2005

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program is Canada's flagship research funding initiative and a policy innovation that has been emulated by a number of other countries. The NCE program is historically significant in the political economy of Canadian research: established in 1988 by the Mulroney government, it was the first program to attach expectations of industry partnerships and commercial exploitation to funding for academic research. The program rests on dual goals of research excellence and commercial relevance and promotes a national research capacity that 'floats across' existing academic institutions and provincial jurisdictions.

Janet Atkinson-Grosjean's Public Science, Private Interests is the first book-length study of NCEs, and offers an assessment of the long-term impact of the erasure between public institutions and private enterprise. Atkinson-Grosjean reveals not only the cultural and commercial shifts sought by policymakers, but also unintended consequences such as regional clustering, élitism and exclusion, problems with social and fiscal accountability, tensions with host institutions, and goal displacement between science and commerce. This is a work of great importance to Canadian policy studies and particularly to science and medical research policy.

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Janet Atkinson-Grosjean's Public Science, Private Interests is the first book-length study of NCEs, and offers an assessment of the long-term impact of the erasure between public institutions and private enterprise.

Public Science, Private Interests: Culture and Commerce in Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence

By Janet Atkinson-Grosjean

© 2005

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program is Canada's flagship research funding initiative and a policy innovation that has been emulated by a number of other countries. The NCE program is historically significant in the political economy of Canadian research: established in 1988 by the Mulroney government, it was the first program to attach expectations of industry partnerships and commercial exploitation to funding for academic research. The program rests on dual goals of research excellence and commercial relevance and promotes a national research capacity that 'floats across' existing academic institutions and provincial jurisdictions.

Janet Atkinson-Grosjean's Public Science, Private Interests is the first book-length study of NCEs, and offers an assessment of the long-term impact of the erasure between public institutions and private enterprise. Atkinson-Grosjean reveals not only the cultural and commercial shifts sought by policymakers, but also unintended consequences such as regional clustering, élitism and exclusion, problems with social and fiscal accountability, tensions with host institutions, and goal displacement between science and commerce. This is a work of great importance to Canadian policy studies and particularly to science and medical research policy.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.1in
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    Janet Atkinson-Grosjean is a research associate with the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia.

  • Table of contents

    LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
    PREFACE
    ABBREVIATIONS

    Introduction

    Policy Context
    Outline of the Study
    Barriers to Access
    Overview of This Book

    1 Two Divides

    Mapping the Divides
    ‘Open Science’ or ‘Science That Overflows’?
    Summary: Understanding the Divides

    2 Science Policy in Canada and the NCE Experiment

    Historical Influences on Canadian Science Policy
    The Evolution of the NCE Program
    Summary: The Implications of Policy Change

    3 Configuring the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network

    The Power of One
    Managing the Network
    Spatial-Structural Dynamics
    Summary: The Limitations of Hegemony

    4 Culture and Science

    ‘A Nation of Colleagues’
    Network Science?
    Summary: The Durability of the Ephemeral

    5 From Science to Commerce

    Understanding the Pipe
    Industry Partnerships
    Traversing the Pipe
    A Third Turn: Back to Basic(s)
    Summary: Marketization – From Public to Private

    6 Adventures in the Nature of Trade

    Then and Now
    Localizing Cosmopolitans
    Merchants and Settlers
    Translation and Translational Research
    Hearing Voices
    Summary: Market Values and the Life Sciences

    7 NCEs and the Public Interest

    Case Study: Conclusions and Implications
    Epilogue: Protecting the Public Interest
    Future Research

    APPENDIX A NCE PROGRAM: FUNDED NETWORKS, 1989–2005

    APPENDIX B DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

    NOTES

    REFERENCES

    INDEX