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John Aldrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.001.0001

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The Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries

The Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries

Government Support for Interdisciplinarity

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(p.101) 7 The Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries
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Interdisciplinarity
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John H. Aldrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.003.0007

In this chapter, the analysis of the last three chapters is extended through today. The first major point is that, while the foundations continue to provide considerable support to the social science academy, the federal government has become the major source of funding. There are three major agencies in support of the science project and academic research more generally, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health. These agencies today largely define the terms for central directions in interdisciplinary research; until recently they also supported “big” social science and they supported the science of “big social science” as well as the social problem as their first goal. The federal government also provides vast support for the study of various public policies, public affairs, and the like, and use the Minerva Initiative as one such example.

Keywords:   science project, national project, NSF, NEH, NIH, Department of Defense Minerva Initiative

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