Chapter 11

Recovery and reinvention 2009–2016

Abstract

This chapter continues the historical narrative of the development of American science and technology policy. In it the author makes the case that the Obama administration placed a strong emphasis on science policy, stating that Obama is one of the staunchest defenders of science ever to occupy the Oval Office. The chapter describes the behind-the-scenes evolution and political wrangling of various science-related pieces of legislation and decisions made during this era, including the detailed story behind making science/technology part of Obama’s early economic stimulus package and the consequent surge in funding for scientific research. Other important policy-related topics covered in ...

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