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The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers
How can decisionmakers charged with protecting the environment and the public's health and safety steer clear of false and misleading scientific research? Is it possible to give scientists a stronger voice in regulatory processes without yielding too much control over policy, and how can this be harmonized with democratic values? These are just some of the many controversi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 19th 1998 by Harvard University Press
(first published October 26th 1990)
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A strong thesis and analysis of scientific advising in the American regulatory landscape, though often at an unbearable density. Jasanoff's writing style can be overwhelmingly rigid and dry, leaving the reader to check the same sentence twice. While stylistically challenging, the overall format of the book and arguments made within are worthwhile, especially for those interested in science policy in the United States; Jasanoff details the role of advisory committees and their utility in maintain ...more