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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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Preparing the Stage: Defining the Problem and Shaping the Committee

Preparing the Stage: Defining the Problem and Shaping the Committee

(p.47) 3 Preparing the Stage: Defining the Problem and Shaping the Committee
The Paradox of Scientific Authority

Wiebe E. Bijker

Roland Bal

Hendriks Ruud

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses two of the main issues with which the Gezondheidsraad has to deal with early in the advisory process: problem definition and committee formation. Problem definition is one of the coordination mechanisms with which the Gezondheidsraad construes its position in relation to science, policy, and society. After the problem definition, the Gezondheidsraad positions itself relative to its environment by means of the tool of committee formation. While its standing committees function as antennas for picking up relevant developments, the Gezondheidsraad, by selecting committee members, draws in the outside world itself. Experts, if they are solidly rooted in the practice about which the Gezondheidsraad provides advice, offer a bridge connecting science, policy, and society.

Keywords:   Gezondheidsraad, scientific advice, advisory process, problem definition, committee formation

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