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Recognizing counterfeit scientific controversies in science policy contexts: A criteria-based approach

Weinel, Martin 2019. Recognizing counterfeit scientific controversies in science policy contexts: A criteria-based approach. In: Caudill, David S., Conley, Shannon N., Gorman, Michael E. and Weinel, Martin eds. The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies: Future Research Directions on Expertise and Experience, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 53-70. (10.1007/978-3-030-14335-0_4)

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Abstract

This chapter argues that some disagreement between experts may be manufactured and suggests a distinction between “genuine” and “counterfeit” scientific controversies. This chapter reasons that policy-makers need to know which disagreements are to be taken seriously and that counterfeit controversies can impede policy decisions. It suggests one way for Science and Technology Studies to contribute to policy-making is to develop a consistent and reliable way to distinguish genuine from counterfeit scientific controversies and proposes four sociologically derived demarcation criteria.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783030143343
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 11:19
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124626

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