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This study compared the changing organisation and structure of public sector research (PSR) in 12 European countries, and developed a methodology to examine how national policies affect researchers at bench level. The results reflect growing convergence among the previously rather distinctive functions of various sectors of PSR, a growth in the importance of university research and a casualisation of Europe's research labour force. PSR has a wide range of functions. In every country there has been increasing emphasis on the promotion of economic growth, innovation and technology transfer. Research collaboration of all types is increasing, including collaboration by the various sectors of PSR within countries, as well as collaboration between countries. There are also common trends in management practices across countries such as evaluation and mechanisms for strategic planning, but diverse results due to the differing characteristics of each national PSR system. Each country can learn from others; but what it learns must be tailored to the specific national PSR system.

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