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Playing Politics with Science: Balancing Scientific Independence and Government Oversight

David B. Resnik


This book examines the relationship between science and politics and argues for a balance between scientific independence and government oversight and control. It uses ethical theories and historical case studies to argue for the autonomy of science within limits. The autonomy of scientists should be restricted only for a compelling social purpose, and restrictions should be the minimum necessary to achieve this purpose. The autonomy of scientific organizations may be restricted if the social benefits of restriction outweigh the harms. There are a variety of legitimate reasons for restricting ... More

Keywords: science, politics, autonomy, government oversight, advice, government funding, national security, science education, objectivity, progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375893
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375893.001.0001


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David B. Resnik, author
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