, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 305–325 | Cite as

Politics and Interests in the Republic of Science

  • Richard P. Barke


The institutions of science arecomposed of communities with conflicting andoverlapping interests. In the United States,the internal governance of science resemblesthe structure of republican government,particularly in its fragmentation,representation, and extension. This articlecalls upon Michael Polanyi's metaphor of a`Republic of Science' in the context ofAmerican history and political theory, toexamine the ways in which these interests arerepresented. Using the metaphor obliges us toask about rules of citizenship in the`Republic', and to determine whether those whopay for science should also be represented inits institutions.


Political Theory Internal Governance Inits Institution Republican Government 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard P. Barke
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  1. 1.School of Public PolicyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaU.S.A.

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