Article ID: CBB304941499

Values and vendettas: Populist science governance in Mexico (2023)


This article aims to diversify STS perspectives on populism by addressing a sequence of episodes of Mexican science policy in terms of clashes between populism and scientific communities. The article describes a reorientation of Mexican science policy that has destabilized the academic system during the present administration. Specifically, it looks at the legislative project initiated by Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council (Conacyt) to overhaul the national regulatory framework on science, technology and innovation, and controversial political actions taken by Conacyt against the scientific community. Contextualizing these grievances, the article concludes that at stake is a form of ‘trickle-down populism’ that, through systematic authoritarianism, seeks to impose on the academic community a model of ‘populist science governance’.

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Authors & Contributors
Miller, Char
Suryanarayanan, Sainath
Kleinman, Daniel Lee
Monteiro, Marko
Alexandra Lippman
Luis Humberto Fabila-Castillo
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology and Human Values
Science and Society
Trinity University Press
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Science and politics
Public policy
Goffman, Erving
Pinch, Trevor J.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Texas (U.S.)
California (U.S.)
Centro Nacional de las Artes
YouTube (firm)
Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research - IVIC

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