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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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Dreger, J. (2014). Introduction: The Tension between Science and Politics. In: The European Commission’s Energy and Climate Policy. Energy, Climate and the Environment Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137380265_1

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