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Scientific Authority in Democratic Societies: Two Conclusions from Bentley Allan

This June, Alfred Moore and Mark Warren of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia convened a workshop on “Scientific Authority in Democratic Societies.” The central problem confronting the participants was, as the workshop outline said, the “ways in which science, technology and expertise have become politically problematic.” From controversies in the Food & Drug Administration in the United States to contestation over climate change in the international arena, the politicization o