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Science policy through stimulating scholarly output. Reanalyzing the Australian case
Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8304-8565
Uppsala University, University Administration, Planning Division.
KTH Royal Inst Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: 21St International Conference On Science And Technology Indicators (Sti 2016) / [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:uu:diva-400856ISI: 000436233100067ISBN: 978-84-9048-519-4 (print)ISBN: 8490485194 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400856DiVA, id: diva2:1382635
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21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI) - Peripheries, Frontiers and Beyond,September 14-16, 2016, Valencia, Spain
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P12-1302:1Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-03Bibliographically approved

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