The making of research funding in Austria: transition politics and institutional development, 1945-2005

Stampfer, Michael; Pichler, Rupert; Hofer, Reinhold
December 2010
Science & Public Policy (SPP);Dec2010, Vol. 37 Issue 10, p765
Academic Journal
In many cases, the long-term development patterns of research policy still remain blurred. However, historical insights may lead to a better understanding of what makes research funding work. A perspective of 60 years on the situation in Austria exemplifies a system run by a broad set of stakeholders. Consensus among those stakeholders is necessary for the implementation of new elements. Once agreed upon, such elements remain stable for a long time as any change requires a new consensus. Thus individual stakeholders tend to add bypass solutions, while existing principal-agent relationships develop lock-ins. The system needs sufficient pressure to be built up by those factors in order to trigger substantial change.


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