document, branch of legislation, science-centre orientation, Government, statistical aggregate, index of science-centric orientation (ISсO), scientific and technological policy


Introduction. The effectiveness of government policy formation and its successful implementation is contingent upon the extent of regulatory and legal support. Achieving effectiveness in the implementation of government policy in the R&D sphere relies on the comprehensive integration of scientific legislative norms across multiple branches of legislation.
Problem Statement. An important research issue is the study of the hierarchical structure of governmental legislative acts with the aim of identifying the branches of legislation that exhibit the highest level of scientific intensity and assessing their contribution to the overall degree of science centricity in the context of regulatory and legal support of the policy implementation for the governments of Ukraine.
Purpose. To determine the structure of science-related government acts by fields of science in 2014—2022.
Material and Methods. The main methods of research are: scientometric (slang) method of analysis of the texts of normative legal acts, linguistic and legal methods, as well as statistical methods of grouping, correlation analysis and comparative analysis of legislative acts as statistical units.
Results. Novel research methodologies have been developed to define the branches of legislation, which contributes to the establishment of a sectoral structure within statistical collections of science-centric documents. These identified branches of legislation make a significant contribution to the total science-centricity index (SCI) of the governments. Furthermore, statistical analysis has revealed interrelationships among the SCIs for individual branches of legislation, enabling an assessment of the systematic nature of government initiatives pertaining to regulatory and legal support of R&D activities between 2014 and 2022. The findings have indicated that an increase in the number of branches of legislation predominantly has a positive effect on the SCI of the Governments.
Conclusions. Including the monitoring of the science-centric orientation of government acts by the field of legislation within the government’s agenda for government R&D policy will enhance the predictability of governance in the realm of R&D activities.


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Author Biographies

O. Mekh, Dobrov Institute for Scientific and Technological Potential and Studies of Science History, the NAS of Ukraine

Doctor of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department

O. Somova, Dobrov Institute for Scientific and Technological Potential and Studies of Science History, the NAS of Ukraine

Postgraduate Student

N. Meh, Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology, the NAS of Ukraine

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Leading Researcher


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How to Cite

Mekh, O., Boublyk, S., Somova, O., & Meh, N. (2023). STUDYING THE SCIENCE CENTRICITY OF THE GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE ACTS IN 2014—2022. Science and Innovation, 19(4), 16–29.



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