Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy

Smith, K. (Ed), Grek, S. (Ed)

Many of the questions which concern us in our social, political and economic lives are questions of knowledge, whether they concern the extent and consequences of climate change, the efficacy of new drugs, the scope of surveillance technologies or the accreditation and performance of individuals and organizations. This is because what we know - how we acquire and apply knowledge of various kinds - shapes the ways in which problems are identified and understood; how laws, rules and norms are constructed and maintained, and which goods and services offered to whom. 'Who gets what, when, how', in Lasswell's phrase, depends very much on who knows what, when, how.In our personal, professional and public lives, knowledge is a key resource. It matters in policy not only as a guide to decision making but because, in many circumstances, to be knowledgeable is to be powerful. Some kinds of knowledge are created and held by small numbers of specialists, while others are widely distributed and quickly shared. The credibility and authority of different kinds of knowledge varies over time and our means of developing and sharing knowledge are currently undergoing rapid changes as new digital technologies and social media platforms emerge.  This book series is an interdisciplinary forum to explore these issues and more. In short, we are interested in the politics of knowledge. The series encompasses diverse topics, methods and disciplines and we welcome proposals for solo-authored, co-authored and edited books. Please contact the series editors, Kat Smith ( and Sotiria Grek ( to discuss your initial ideas and outline proposals. Kat Smith and Sortiria Grek are the Co-Directors of SKAPE (the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy) at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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