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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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Science and Politics in a Technological Culture— Methods and Concepts

Science and Politics in a Technological Culture— Methods and Concepts

(p.23) 2 Science and Politics in a Technological Culture— Methods and Concepts
The Paradox of Scientific Authority

Wiebe E. Bijker

Roland Bal

Hendriks Ruud

The MIT Press

The present study investigates how science and technology influence the political decision process and how social, political, and cultural circumstances contribute to determining the development of science and technology. This chapter, which describes the methods used, starts by giving an historical sketch of the field of science, technology, and society (STS) as a background for the study. It then discusses the empirical set-up of the study and concludes with a preliminary discussion of the conceptual framework.

Keywords:   science, technology, society, STS, political decision making

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