Scientists' Impact on Decision-making: A Case Study of the China Hi-Tech Research and Development Program, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Scientists' Impact on Decision-making

A Case Study of the China Hi-Tech Research and Development Program, 1st Edition

By Peng Ru


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With the increasing influence of science and technology (S&T) on socioeconomic life and public affairs, there has been a growing demand for S&T expertise in today's public decision-making.

The National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program), involving hundreds of S&T experts, marked the beginning of a new journey for China's high-tech development. This book discusses China's S&T decision-making mechanism, with the 863 Program as the central case and scientist' influence on public decision-making as the focus. More importantly, it extracts three key elements to analyze the determinative factors behind that influence knowledge, value and institutions, and proposed a KIV framework of macro-analysis.

The KIV, being the first framework to generalize factors that could affect scientists' influence on public decision-making, is of both theoretical significance and innovative value. In addition, by finding out those factors, this book attempts to create a decision-making environment conducive to scientists' contribution of their knowledge.


"Ru’s book

provides a crucial revelation regarding the importance and influence of scientists on policies,

and reminds us that studies on the Chinese decision-making processes should not

merely be restricted to focusing on the state, lobby groups, and civil society groups."

Ban Wang, Stanford University, USA

Table of Contents

List of figures. List of tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. Chapter1 Introduction Chapter 2 Literature Review Chapter 3 KIV Framework for Analyzing Scientists' Decision-making Influence Chapter 4 Mechanism and Participants of the Decision-making of the 863 Program Chapter 5 Empirical Testing of KIV Framework: Based on 863 Program Cases Chapter 6 Theoretical Analysis of KIV Framework: Causes for Changing Influence and Optimization of Decision-making Chapter 7 Conclusion Postscript. Appendix A Interview Outline (template). Appendix B List of Interviewees. Appendix C Framework of Civilian 863 Program Fields (1986-2014). Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Peng Ru is currently an associate professor in School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. His research interests and publications focus on the science and technology policy, new energy policy and policy process.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy