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The Paradox of Scientific AuthorityThe Role of Scientific Advice in Democracies$
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Wiebe E. Bijker, Roland Bal, and Ruud Hendriks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026581

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026581.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Paradox of Scientific Authority
Author(s):

Wiebe E. Bijker

Roland Bal

Hendriks Ruud

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026581.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to contribute to a theory of scientific advising in which the paradox of scientific authority is resolved. The book provides an ethnography of the Gezondheidsraad (the Health Council of the Netherlands) in order to address questions about the role of science and technology in modern democracies, about the relation between scientific advice and policy making, and about possible new roles for scientists and citizens in technological democracies. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   scientific advising, scientific authority, Gezondheidsraad, democracy

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