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POLITICS AND INTERESTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SCIENCE

RICHARD P. BARKE
Minerva
Vol. 41, No. 4 (2003), pp. 305-325
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41821254
Page Count: 21
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POLITICS AND INTERESTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SCIENCE
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Abstract

The institutions of science are composed of communities with conflicting and overlapping interests. In the United States, the internal governance of science resembles the structure of republican government, particularly in its fragmentation, representation, and extension. This article calls upon Michael Polanyi's metaphor of a 'Republic of Science' in the context of American history and political theory, to examine the ways in which these interests are represented. Using the metaphor obliges us to ask about rules of citizenship in the 'Republic', and to determine whether those who pay for science should also be represented in its institutions.

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