Science Policy and Social Change. December 2003. S&T Drive Economic Growth. Scientific and technical changes accounts for as much as 50% of long-run economic growth, even perhaps as much as 75%. Public Science is Pillar of Industry.
73% of science papers cited by U.S. industrial patents were based on research financed by government or nonprofit agencies.
Trends in Basic Research Funding
Science has the power to completely transform civilization. For some, science has made life comfortable and secure. For others, it has meant death and destruction
Types of Benefits
Given the impact of science, science policy is the key variable, yet almost entirely ignored.
What are the major science policy issues in China and how do they affect you?
Inputs Processes Products Outcomes
How can science and science-based technology most effectively contribute to an improved quality of life for the greatest number of people?
How does the science that we do affect the social choices we make?
How do the S&T programs we implement affect the distribution and equity of outcomes?
New Science Policy aims to create knowledge, cultivate public discourse and foster policies that help society grapple with the immense power of science.
What is the collective good we want inquiry to promote?
Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University