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`Fluid, readable and accessible ... I found the overall quality of the book to be excellent. It provides an overview of major (and preceding) developments in the field of science studies. It examines landmark works, authors, concepts and approaches ... I will certainly use this book as one of the course texts' Eileen Crist, Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Tech Science is at the heart of contemporary society and is therefore central to the social sciences. Yet science studies has often encountered resistance from social scientists. This book attempts to remedy this by giving the most extensive, thorough and best argued account of the field and explaining to social scientists why science matters to them.This is a landmark book that demystifies science studies and successfully bridges the divide between social theory and the sociology of science. Illustrated with relevant, illuminating examples, it provides the ideal guide to science studies and social theory.
Chapter 11: Speaking Truth to Power: Science and Policy
Speaking Truth to Power: Science and Policy
Introduction: The Problem of Science for Policy
The discussion in Chapter 8 was concerned with making sense of public responses to the pronouncements of scientific experts. I argued in that chapter that a view of scientific knowledge informed by science studies gives a better account of the nature of contemporary public disquiet with expertise than conventional views. Furthermore, the approach set out there supplied an understanding of why ‘publics’ may have forms of expertise which can complement or challenge the expertises offered by official scientific authorities. But that discussion, by focusing on publics' understandings, left open the issue of the best way in which to analyse the role of scientific advisers to political ...