Nature's Experts: Science, Politics, and The Environment

by Stephen Bocking (Author)

Editorial Reviews

David H. Guston, author of Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Integrity
and Productivity of Research
Nature's Experts is a timely and important book

Book Description
"With clarity and grace, Stephen Bocking tackles the complicated question of the
role of scientific expertise in environmental policy making. Nature’s Experts is
a timely and important book."—David H. Guston, author of Between Politics and
Science: Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Research

"This book by Stephen Bocking is as much about deliberative democracy as it is
about science and the environment. Stephen Bocking’s treatment is deep,
perceptive, and profoundly wise. He has caught the heart of present and future
environmental science, politics, and democratic governance."—C. S. Holling, The
Resilience Alliance and emeritus professor, Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in
Ecological Sciences at the University of Florida

"If knowledge is power, how should expert advice be deployed by a would-be
democratic society? This perennial question is newly illuminated by this timely
and wide-ranging review of the role played by science in the making of
environmental policy."—William C. Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of
International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard University,
John F. Kennedy School of Government

It seems self-evident that science plays a central role in environmental
affairs. Regulatory agencies, businesses, and public interest groups all draw on
scientific research to support their claims. Some critics, however, describe
science not as the solution to environmental problems, but as their source.
Moreover, the science itself is often controversial, as debates over global
warming and environmental health risks have shown.

Nature’s Experts explores the contributions and challenges presented when
scientific authority enters the realm of environmental affairs. Stephen Bocking
focuses on four major areas of environmental politics: the formation of
environmental values and attitudes, management of natural resources such as
forests and fish, efforts to address international environmental issues such as
climate change, and decisions relating to environmental and health risks. In
each area, practical examples and case studies illustrate that science must
fulfill two functions if it is to contribute to resolving environmental
controversies. First, science must be relevant and credible, and second, it must
be democratic, where everyone has access to the information they need to present
and defend their views.

Product Details

Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press (November 25, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813533988



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