Science Advice To The President / Edition 2

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This is a provocative, behind-the-scenes introduction to the vital and complex role science plays in United States politics. It includes the first formal statement from former President Clinton's former Science Advisor, John H. Gibbons; a fresh retrospective from D. Allan Bromley on science advice in the George H. W. Bush Administration; and a unique viewpoint from John McTague about his brief tenure under President Reagan. Among the twenty-four contributors are former members of the President's Science Advisory Committee, distinguished scholars, and industrialists.

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Editorial Reviews

Explores the role of scientific advice in the politics of the US government. Includes contributions by science advisors of every president from Truman to Clinton, one by Gerald Ford, and by others representing a range of perspectives such as historical and sociological. Some essays are advocatory rather than descriptive. Expanded from the 1980 first edition. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871685094
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Policy Studies on Science Policy Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed., enl
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

William T. Golden devised and implemented the first science advisory organization for President Truman in 1950. He was chairman of the American Museum of Natural History, chairman of the New York Academy of Sciences, treasurer and director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Philosophical Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgment to the Second Edition
Acknowledgment to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition 1
Introduction to the First Edition: Contours of Wisdom: Presidential Science Advice in an Age of Flux 5
President's Science Advisers and members of Science Advisory Committees 10
Pt. 1 Science Advisers and the Presidents They Served
Science and Technology in President Clinton's First 100 Days (President Clinton) 17
Science and Technology in the Bush Administration (President Bush) 21
Science Advice to the President: Important and Difficult (Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon) 67
The President and His Scientific Advisers (President Eisenhower) 73
The Origins and Uses of a Scientific Presence in the White House (President Eisenhower) 85
Science and Technology: Government and Politics (President Kennedy) 91
The President's Need for Science Advice: Past and Future (President Johnson) 99
Current State of White House Science Advising (President Nixon) 111
Science Advice: Out of and Back Into the White House (President Ford) 119
Advising Presidents on Science and Technology (President Carter) 135
Science and Technology in the Reagan Administration (President Reagan) 137
Pt. 2 Other Perspectives
Science and Technology and Presidential Science and Technology Advice 139
Reconciling the Science Advisory Role with Tensions Inherent in the Presidency 141
The Pleasures of Advising 159
Helping the President Manage the Federal Science and Technology Enterprise 169
Presidential Science Advising 177
Don't Segregate Science Advice - Integrate It! 191
The Life, Death, and Potential Future of PSAC 193
Federal Science Policy and Support of Autonomous Universities: A Modest Proposal 205
Politics in the Science Advising Process 215
Executive Leadership for Science and Technology 227
An Historian's View of Advice to the President on Science: Retrospect and Prescription 237
Science Advice and the Presidency: An Overview from Roosevelt to Ford 253
A Scientist in the White House: A Sociological View 283
Organizational Structure and Advisory Effectiveness: The Office of Science and Technology Policy 291
Science Advice in the White House: The Genesis of the President's Science Advisers and the National Science Foundation 307
Index of Names 319
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