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Science for Public Policy by H. Brooks and C.L. Cooper (Eds.)

By H. Brooks and C.L. Cooper (Eds.)

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Diversity will also have to be maintained within each of these categories. F u r t h e r m o r e , the implementation of cultural policy is of relevance in relation to the maintenance and distribution of, and participation in, cultural values. Finally, considerations related to industrial policy and employment play a part. In order to achieve all these objectives, the Council would give priority to two points: (1) T h e maintenance of achievements from the past. (2) In principle, to allow new technical possibilities to be developed as far as possible.

After all, the function of the first Academies was to advise the political powers on research being undertaken and to propose "useful" research. O n the other h a n d , if one speaks, as Professor Hornig does in this volume, of a laissez-faire attitude by the state toward scientific matters until World War I I , this is true only of the U S , not of Europe. F r o m the eighteenth century, most scientists believed not only that knowledge would increase through the support of political power, but that political power itself Jean-Jacques Salomon is Professor of Technology and Society at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France.

39. 6. Price, op. , p. 43. CHAPTER 4 The Netherlands' Scientific Council for Government Policy THEO QUENÉ Main Characteristics One of the main instruments in T h e Netherlands in the field of science for public policy is T h e Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid—WRR). T h e W R R provides information on developments which influence society in the longer term. It tries to indicate where particular problems or conflicts of interest may be expected to arise in Government policy.

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