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What’s wrong with global challenges?

Ludwig, David and Blok, Vincent and Garnier, Marie and Macnaghten, Phil and Pols, Auke (2022) What’s wrong with global challenges? JOURNAL OF RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION, 9 (1). pp. 6-27.

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Abstract

Global challenges such as climate change, food security, or public
health have become dominant concerns in research and
innovation policy. This article examines how responses to these
challenges are addressed by governance actors. We argue that
appeals to global challenges can give rise to a ‘solution strategy’
that presents responses of dominant actors as solutions and a
‘negotiation strategy’ that highlights the availability of
heterogeneous and often conflicting responses. On the basis of
interviews and document analyses, the study identifies both
strategies across local, national, and European levels. While our results demonstrate the co-existence of both strategies, we find that global challenges are most commonly highlighted together with the solutions offered by dominant actors. Global challenges are ‘wicked problems’ that often become misframed as ‘tame problems’ in governance practice and thereby legitimise dominant responses.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Ludwig, David
Blok, Vincent
Garnier, Marie
Macnaghten, Phil
Pols, Auke
Keywords: global challenges; grand challenges; science policy; science and society
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Dr David Ludwig
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 13:57
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 13:57
Item ID: 21649
Journal or Publication Title: JOURNAL OF RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 2022
Page Range: pp. 6-27
Volume: 9
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21649

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