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Science in DemocracyExpertise, Institutions, and Representation$
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Mark B. Brown

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013246

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013246.001.0001

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Liberal Rationalism and Government Advisory Committees

Liberal Rationalism and Government Advisory Committees

(p.93) 4 Liberal Rationalism and Government Advisory Committees
Science in Democracy

Mark B. Brown

The MIT Press

This chapter draws attention to the liberal-rationalist image of representation and explains how this embodies the politics of government advisory committees. The discussion continues with reference to the fair balance provision of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which is the key constitution dominating the composition of such committees in the United States. The chapter also highlights the advisory committee guidelines, which provide insight into how agency authorities, public representatives, and other civil servants understand the concept of representation and its key role in government advisory committees. The chapter closes with a detailed discussion on the two widespread but mistaken assumptions in the implementation of FACA: experts do not have interests and representatives do not have expertise.

Keywords:   representation, government advisory committees, Federal Advisory Committee Act, United States, advisory committee guidelines, agency authorities, public representatives

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