Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research

Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research

by Wendy Wagner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521855209

ISBN-13: 9780521855204

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Rescuing Science from Politics debuts chapters by the nation's leading academics in law, science, and philosophy who explore ways that the law can be abused by special interests to intrude on the way scientists conduct research. The high stakes and adversarial features of regulation create the worst possible climate for the honest production and use of science

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Rescuing Science from Politics debuts chapters by the nation's leading academics in law, science, and philosophy who explore ways that the law can be abused by special interests to intrude on the way scientists conduct research. The high stakes and adversarial features of regulation create the worst possible climate for the honest production and use of science especially by those who will ultimately bear the cost of the resulting regulatory standards. Yet an in-depth exploration of the ways in which dominant interest groups distort the available science to support their positions has received little attention in the academic or popular literature. The book begins by establishing non-controversial principles of good scientific practice. These principles then serve as the benchmark against which each chapter author compares how science is misused in a specific regulatory setting and assist in isolating problems in the integration of science by the regulatory process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855204
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue Donald Kennedy; Introduction: principled science Wendy Wagner and Rena Steinzor; Part I. Freedom and Independence: 1. Defending clean science from dirty attacks Thomas McGarity; 2. Basic science at risk: protecting the independence of research Katherine S. Squibb; 3. Publication bas, data ownership and the funding effect in science: threats to the integrity of biomedical research Sheldon Krimsky; 4. Science and subpoenas: when do the courts become instruments of manipulation? Paul M. Fischer; Part II. Transparency and Honesty: 5. Smothering the future: the data quality act and adaptive governance Donald Hornstein; 6. The dual legacy of Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceutical: trading junk science for junk science Carl Cranor; 7. Using science in a political world: the importance of transparency in natural resource regulation Holly Doremus; 8. Two models for scientific transparency in environmental law David Adelman; 9. The transformation of science into law: default reasoning in international trade disputes Vern R. Walker; Part III. Public Infrastructure: 10. Politicizing Peer Review: the scientific perspective David Michaels; 11. Politicizing peer review: the legal perspective Sidney Shapiro; 12. The government role in scientific research John S. Applegate; Part IV. Recommendations and conclusion Wendy Wagner, J.D. and Rena Steinzor, J.D.

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