Who Sets the Intellectual Agenda? Foreign Funding and Social Science in Peru

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Richard Snyder

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kelly Bay

Political Science, Brown University; Institute for Public Service, Seattle University

Cecilia Perla

Brown University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: September 24, 2013

Abstract

This article explores the political economy of social science research in the Global South by analyzing new bibliometric and survey data on Peru, a lower-middle income country with weak domestic funding and institutional support for scholarship. The results of the analysis show that although research in Peru is heavily dependent on foreign funding, the multiplicity of funding institutions gives scholars a surprising degree of autonomy. Still, dependence on foreign funding produces conditions with potentially harmful consequences for the quality and impact of research. Five conditions are considered: multiple institutional affiliations, hyperproductivity, forced interdisciplinarity, parochialism, and a weak national community of scholars.

Keywords: political economy, social science research, Peru, Global South, foreign funding

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Richard and Bay, Kelly and Perla, Cecilia, Who Sets the Intellectual Agenda? Foreign Funding and Social Science in Peru (September 24, 2013). Watson Institute for International Studies Research Paper No. 2013-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2330318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2330318

Richard Snyder (Contact Author)

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Kelly Bay

Political Science, Brown University ( email )

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Cecilia Perla

Brown University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Providence, RI 02912
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