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The Paradox of Scientific Authority: The Role of Scientific Advice in Democracies

Wiebe E. Bijker, Roland Bal, and Ruud Hendriks

Abstract

Today, scientific advice is asked for (and given) on questions ranging from stem-cell research to genetically modified food, and yet it often seems that the more urgently scientific advice is solicited, the more vigorously scientific authority is questioned by policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens. This book examines a paradox: how scientific advice can be influential in society even when the status of science and scientists seems to be at a low ebb. The authors do this by means of an ethnographic study of the creation of scientific authority at one of the key sites for the interaction of ... More

Keywords: ethnographic study, policy, society, Netherlands, scientific advising, scientific authority, scientific culture, technological culture, STS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262026581
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026581.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wiebe E. Bijker, author

Roland Bal, author

Ruud Hendriks, author