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Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation

Mark B. Brown


Public controversies over issues ranging from global warming to biotechnology have politicized scientific expertise and research. Some respond with calls to restore a golden age of value-free science. More promising efforts seek to democratize science. But what does that mean? Can it go beyond the typical focus on public participation? How do the politics of science challenge prevailing views of democracy? This book draws on science and technology studies, democratic theory, and the history of political thought to show why an adequate response to politicized science depends on rethinking both ... More

Keywords: value-free science, democratic theory, political thought, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Latour, direct democracy, representative government, advisory committees

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013246
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark B. Brown, author