Chapter 2 What is public about public research? The case of COVID-19 RD
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The term “public” has many meanings and one’s usage of the term relates to ideas about the nature of public research and public funding of research. The current chapter examines four distinct uses of the term public as they shape concepts of public research. This conceptual analysis seeks to contribute to theories of public research by presenting a case of COVID-19 research as an illustration of the ways in which different ideas about public can shape policy choices and outcomes. A normative thread woven through the chapter suggests that a public value notion of public many be especially useful when considering the nature of public funding for research that has short-term and dire global effects.

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