Sweden: New report on changes in research conditions

A new report from the Swedish Research Council describes the radical changes of Swedish research and research training these past 15 years. This includes new regulations and other major desicions made by the government or parliament.
In the report Forskning och forskarutbildning, reformer 1990–2005 the author Elizabeth Lundberg shows the intensity and extensiveness of the reforms. This only reflects the turbulence of the Swedish society at large in the 1990‘s, the author says. The very conditions of research have been changed, for intance the decentralisation of power from the central authorities to the universities themselves. The universities have also been given new strategic tasks. This new freedom to choose their own use of resources has, however, been met by an increase in external financing.

The report is available in Swedish here.
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