Introduction: The Tension between Science and Politics

Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment Series book series (ECE)


When Woodrow Wilson was still Governor of New Jersey in 1912, he made a statement exposing his strong feelings about his responsibilities to democracy:

What I fear, therefore, is a government of experts. God forbid that in a democratic country we should resign the task and give the government over to experts. What are we for if we are to be scientifically taken care of by a small number of gentlemen who are the only men who understand the job? Because if we don’t understand the job, then we are not a free people. We ought to resign our free institutions and go to school to somebody and find out what it is we are about.

(cited in Smith 1991, pp. 1–2)


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© Jonas Dreger 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berlin Graduate School of Social SciencesHumboldt UniversityGermany

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