Why is joint knowledge production such a problem?

Arwin van Buuren*, Jurian Edelenbos

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Analysing knowledge use in policy processes around contested topics requires a new research approach. Traditional research on knowledge for policy assumes a one-to-one relationship (which is often imperfect) between science and policy as two separate worlds. Science, technology and society studies teach us that knowledge for policy is a joint construct of the research and the policy community and is not produced in isolated worlds. This article argues that the main problem for knowledge use lies in the subdivision between different competing 'knowledge coalitions' of researchers and policy-makers. Conflicting knowledge is the result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004


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