Sources of technological controversy: Proximity to or alienation

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All fields of public policy in all political systems require expert scientific or technical advice. This book presents a study of how scientific knowledge and opinion (and sometimes speculation and optimism) are transmitted to government authorities for use in public policy making. It discusses the formal and informal processes of scientific advice giving, and applies these to case studies taken from all over Europe. These include: a description of the Italian government's reaction to the effects of Chernobyl and the role played by radiation experts; official scientific advice on Swiss nuclear power - the Black report on Sellafield and leukaemia in children, as well as policy on nuclear safety in Britain; and advice given to the French and other governments on European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The book traces the growth of public awareness of scientific issues in government, concluding that the politics of expert advice will become even more sophisticated in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdinburgh University Press
Subtitle of host publicationThe politics of expert advice: Creating, using and maipulating scientific knowledge for public policy
EditorsAnthony Barker , B.Guy Peters
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0748603492
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 1993


  • technological controversy
  • scientific knowledge
  • public policy


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