Introduction

What is science and technology policy?

Science and technology policy is a dual-use phrase. It refers to the corpus of science and technology that inform public and private policies across multiple arenas. It also denotes the body of policies that affect the conduct of science, the development of technologies, the innovations that make their way into the marketplace of ideas and products and the societal impacts that ensue.

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