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Buffeted Community Braces for More Change

Science  20 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5393, pp. 1401-1403
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5393.1401

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STOCKHOLM-- Sweden's faltering economy during the 1990s has forced the government to cut back sharply on state funding of basic research and environmental science and shift resources into directed research programs, prompting a heated debate over who controls science. Last year the government set up a committee to carry out a thorough appraisal of the whole structure of Swedish research funding and its role in furthering the competitiveness of industry. On 6 November it announced its recommendations of a complete change of emphasis back toward support for basic science and a radical overhaul of the structure of science agencies. The government is now canvassing opinions on the report before deciding whether to implement its recommendations.