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, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 431–452 | Cite as

Excellence and Frontier Research as Travelling Concepts in Science Policymaking

  • Tim Flink
  • Tobias Peter
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Abstract

Excellence and frontier research have made inroads into European research policymaking and structure political agendas, funding programs and evaluation practices. The two concepts travelled a long way from the United States and have derived from contexts outside of science (and policy). Following their conceptual journey, we ask how excellence and frontier research have percolated into European science and higher education policies and how they have turned into lubricants of competition that buttress an ongoing reform process in Europe.

Keywords

Science policy Discourse analysis Conceptual history Excellence Frontier research European Research Council Metaphors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Research Center Genealogy of TodayCarl von Ossietzky Universität OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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