Who is Politicizing Science? Understanding the Interactions and Interests in Science and Politics

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Date(s) - 3/24/200412:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Most Americans agree that religion and politics don?t mix, but should there also be a wall of separation between politics and science? The Marshall Institute explored the interaction between science and politics in its recent book, Politicizing Science: The Alchemy of Policymaking and now there is renewed debate over how science is used in policymaking.

Policymaking is complex process that involves reconciling competing interests, conflicting objectives, trade-offs and personal values. Science informs policymaking, but the scientific information relevant to controversial public policy issues is rarely definitive. Faced with this uncertainty, policymakers must act and any action taken can be charged with misusing science.

The Marshall Institute has assembled a panel to discuss the interaction of science and politics, how scientific information is used in the policymaking process, and evaluate claims of the “misuse” of science.

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