Politicizing Science: The Alchemy of PolicyMaking

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In this book leading scientists share their experiences and observations of developing and testing hypotheses, offering insights on the dangers of manipulating science for political gain. It describes how politicization--whether by misapplication, overextension, or outright manipulation of the scientific record to advance particular policy agendas--imposes expenditures of money, missed opportunities, and burdens on the economy.
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Overview

In this book leading scientists share their experiences and observations of developing and testing hypotheses, offering insights on the dangers of manipulating science for political gain. It describes how politicization--whether by misapplication, overextension, or outright manipulation of the scientific record to advance particular policy agendas--imposes expenditures of money, missed opportunities, and burdens on the economy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817939328
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Hoover Inst Press Publication , #517
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,332,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
Introduction: Science, Risks, and Politics 1
1 Harmful Politicization of Science 27
2 The Corrosive Effects of Politicized Regulation of Science and Technology 49
3 Science and Public Policy 73
4 Endocrine Disruptors 91
5 Cancer Prevention and the Environmental Chemical Distraction 117
6 Nuclear Power 145
7 Science or Political Science? An Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change 171
8 The Political Science of Agent Orange and Dioxin 193
9 Science and Politics in the Regulation of Chemicals in Sweden 227
10 How Precaution Kills: The Demise of DDT and the Resurgence of Malaria 261
11 The Revelle-Gore Story: Attempted Political Suppression of Science 283
Index 299
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