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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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The Gezondheidsraad

The Gezondheidsraad

(p.13) 1 The Gezondheidsraad
The Paradox of Scientific Authority

Wiebe E. Bijker

Roland Bal

Hendriks Ruud

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a brief characterization of the Gezondheidsraad (the Health Council of the Netherlands), its mission, and its position in the Dutch political and scientific landscape. The Gezondheidsraad is an independent advisory body tasked with providing ministers and Parliament with scientific advice on matters of public health. Ministers ask it for advice to ground their policy decisions. The Gezondheidsraad also has an “alerting” function that allows it to give unsolicited advice. Both forms of advice provide scientific support for the development of government policy.

Keywords:   Gezondheidsraad, advisory body, scientific advice, public health, health policy

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