This book grows out of the authors' conviction that as public policy issues become suffused with scientific and technical content, they become difficult for the democratic citizens to understand. It attempts to determine mass public capacity and their motivation to respond to the challenges.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Knowledge: The Missing Link -- The Distribution of Knowledge -- Background Sources of Knowledge -- Motivation and Knowledge -- Knowledge and Beliefs About the Future -- Knowledge and Policy Preferences -- Knowledge and Power -- Knowledge and the Possibility of Democracy
"John C. Pierce is Dean, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Arts and Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. His research interests include the study of the structuring and content of individual political thinking, especially in the area of environmental politics. His work has been published in such journals as the American Political Science Review, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, and Political Behavior. Nicholas P. Lovrich is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at Washington State University. His research interests include the area of citizen participation in environmental policy processes, and his current writing on environmental politics in Japan and the United States stems from a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (administered by the Institute of International Education). His work has been published in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Western Political Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review and Policy Studies Review. Taketsugu Tsurutani is Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science at Washington State University. His current research interests are postindustrialism, Third World politics, and international security. His published work includes Politics of National Development: Political Leadership in Transitional Societies, Political Change in Japan: Response to Postindustrial Challenge, Japanese Policy and East Asian Security and articles in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, Administration and Society, Asian Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics. Takematsu Abe is a Professor of Political Science in the College of International Relations at Nihon University. His research interests include comparative (Japan and the United States) environmental politics, American politics, and comparative regional and load government His current writing is focused upon the areas of U.S. and Japanese environmental politics, reflecting his recent receipt of a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Ohta Foundation."