Scientific Literacy And Environmental Policy

Overview

National institutions involved in environmental policy planning respond more to the accommodation of special interests, whether vested, parochial, or societal, than to the realities of technological advances. This situation, combined with the added problem of widespread scientific illiteracy, makes the formulation of effective environmental policy a very difficult task to accomplish.

Our politico-legal system and relationships among science, scientists, and society are explored ...

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Overview

National institutions involved in environmental policy planning respond more to the accommodation of special interests, whether vested, parochial, or societal, than to the realities of technological advances. This situation, combined with the added problem of widespread scientific illiteracy, makes the formulation of effective environmental policy a very difficult task to accomplish.

Our politico-legal system and relationships among science, scientists, and society are explored here with specific attention to issues arising from pharmaceutical innovation and biotechnology. The identification of the resultant dilemmas reveal disenfranchisement and point to possible means of reform. Howell focuses on the need for multilateral responsibility for communication to improve the accommodation of science in policy. A truly multidisciplinary study, this book is for environmental planners as well as the interested public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899306162
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/1992
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DOROTHY J. HOWELL is Adjunct Professor at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School and a participant in environmental programs since 1969.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Setting
Ch. 1 Prologue: Regulation in General 3
Ch. 2 Policy Formulation at the Intersection of Law, Science, and Technology 21
Ch. 3 Implications for the Real World 39
Pt. II Collisions and Implications for Societal Scientific Illiteracy
Ch. 4 Revolution in Pharmaceutical Innovation and Evolving Policy 61
Ch. 5 Regulation, Voices of the Public, and Pharmaceutical Innovation: Implications of Delays in FDA Approval of New Drugs 75
Ch. 6 Regulation, Voices of the Public, and Pharmaceutical Innovation: The Quandary Goes On 91
Ch. 7 Regulation, Voices of the Public, and Products of Recombinant DNA: Science and Technologies 107
Ch. 8 Regulation, Voices of the Public, and Products of Recombinant DNA: The Intersection with Policy and Law 119
Pt. III At the Intersection: Disenfranchisement and Prospects for Reenfranchisement
Ch. 9 At the Intersection: Merger or Collision? 135
Ch. 10 Can We Reenfranchise Society for the Intersection? 151
Epilogue: "Future History" 169
Selected Bibliography 173
Index 177
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