Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

Democratization of Expertise?

Exploring Novel Forms of Scientific Advice in Political Decision-Making

Editors: Maasen, Sabine, Weingart, P. (Eds.)

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‘Scientific advice to politics’, the ‘nature of expertise’, and the ‘relation between experts, policymakers, and the public’ are variations of a topic that currently attracts the attention of social scientists, philosophers of science as well as practitioners in the public sphere and the media. This renewed interest in a persistent theme is initiated by the call for a democratization of expertise that has become the order of the day in the legitimation of research funding. The new significance of ‘participation’ and ‘accountability’ has motivated scholars to take a new look at the science – politics interface and to probe questions such as "What is new in the arrangement of scientific expertise and political decision-making?", "How can reliable knowledge be made useful for politics and society at large, and how can epistemically and ethically sound decisions be achieved without losing democratic legitimacy?", "How can the objective of democratization of expertise be achieved without compromising the quality and reliability of knowledge?"

Scientific knowledge and the ‘experts’ that represent it no longer command the unquestioned authority and public trust that was once bestowed upon them, and yet, policy makers are more dependent on them than ever before. This collection of essays explores the relations between science and politics with the instruments of  social studies of science, thereby providing new insights into their re-alignment under a new régime of governance.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • What’s New in Scientific Advice to Politics?

    Sabine Maasen, Peter Weingart

    Pages 1-19

  • Between Policy and Politics

    Simon Joss

    Pages 171-187

  • Participation as Knowledge Production and the Limits of Democracy

    Matthijs Hisschemöller

    Pages 189-208

  • Judgment Under Siege: The Three-Body Problem of Expert Legitimacy

    Sheila Jasanoff

    Pages 209-224

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratization of Expertise?
Book Subtitle
Exploring Novel Forms of Scientific Advice in Political Decision-Making
Editors
  • Sabine Maasen
  • P. Weingart
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3754-2
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3754-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3753-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4698-8
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 238
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