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Science, Risk, and Policy

1st Edition

By Andrew J. Knight


254 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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For decades, experts and the public have been at odds over the nature and magnitude of risks and how they should be mitigated through policy. Experts argue that the fears of the public are irrational, and that public policy should be based on sound science. The public, on the other hand, is skeptical of experts, and believe policy should represent their interests. How do policy analysts make sense of these competing views?

Science, Risk and Policy answers this question by examining how people evaluate evidence, how science is conducted, and how a multi-disciplinary framework to risk can inform policy by bridging the gap between experts and the public. This framework is then applied to four case studies: pesticides, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and nuclear power. By tracing the history of the science, policies and regulations, and evaluating arguments made about these risks, Andrew J. Knight provides a guide to understand how experts and the public view risks.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Systems of Evidence

3. Science in Practice

4. Risk

5. Pesticides

6. Genetic Engineering in Agriculture

7. Climate Change

8. Nuclear Power

9. The Intersection of Policy, Science and Risk

About the Author

Andrew J. Knight works for the Province of Nova Scotia in program evaluation.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General