Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Science in Democracy

Increasing public participation in coastal management policy making has arguably been the single greatest cause of ICM academics for the last 20 years. In developing countries the very legitimacy of donor-supported coastal management initiatives stands or falls on the extent to which local actors have been included. Yet the justifications for this public participation have never really involved a radical reconceptualization of scientific knowledge or its role in coastal management policy formulation. So it will be interesting to delve into how STS academics think about the role of public participation in public policy making, particularly in those policies that have traditionally been dominated by physical scientists such as environmental and health management. Mark Brown's Science in Democracy looks like a good place to start.

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