Roger A. Pielke, Jr., The honest broker: making sense of science in policy and politics
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Decision processes in modern society are “deeply permeated” by scientists (Lasswell 1971, p. 125; Brunner and Ascher 1992). Scientists publish research, serve on panels, testify before legislatures and in courts, and carry out other activities with policy significance. In all of these activities scientists are participating in policy processes, but they do so using different strategies, in pursuit of different goals, and with different degrees of self-awareness and effect. In The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics, Roger Pielke Jr. offers a way to sort through the complicated relationships between scientists and decision making. His perceptive, clearly worded, and engaging book offers both important academic insights and a model of professional practice for anyone wishing to engage effectively with politics and policy.
Pielke explicitly clarifies his goal at the outset of the book: he intends to help scientists understand the roles they can choose in a...
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