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.
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