Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

by Thomas O. McGarity, Wendy E. Wagner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674028155

ISBN-13: 9780674028159

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What do we know about the possible poisons that industrial technologies leave in our air and water? How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous products? As this disturbing book shows, ideological or economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse.

Thomas O. McGarity and

Overview

What do we know about the possible poisons that industrial technologies leave in our air and water? How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous products? As this disturbing book shows, ideological or economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse.

Thomas O. McGarity and Wendy Wagner reveal the range of sophisticated legal and financial tactics political and corporate advocates use to discredit or suppress research on potential human health hazards. Scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the safety of chemical products.

With alarming stories drawn from the public record, McGarity and Wagner describe how advocates attempt to bend science or “spin” findings. They reveal an immense range of tools available to shrewd partisans determined to manipulate research.

Bending Science exposes an astonishing pattern of corruption and makes a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674028159
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Why Bend Science?: The Players, the Setting, and the Consequences 20

3 Where Are the Scientists?: Distorting Science without Oversight or Penalty 44

4 Shaping Science: The Art of Creating Research to Fit One's Needs 60

5 Hiding Science: The Art of Concealing Unwelcome Information 97

6 Attacking Science: The Art of Turning Reliable Research into "Junk" 128

7 Harassing Scientists: The Art of Bullying Scientists Who Produce Damaging Research 157

8 Packaging Science: The Art of Assembling an Expert Group to Advance a Favored Outcome 181

9 Spinning Science: The Art of Manipulating Public Perceptions about Credible Science 204

10 Restoring Science: Forcing Bent Science Out into the Open 229

11 Reforming Science Oversight: Instituting More Vigorous Oversight Processes 259

12 Final Thoughts: A Broader Perspective on the Problem and the Prospects for Change 291

Notes 301

Index 377

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