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dc.contributor.authorBarke, Richard P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Carol L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJenkins-Smith, Hank C.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-11T17:11:54Z
dc.date.available2008-08-11T17:11:54Z
dc.date.issued2006-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/24051
dc.description.abstractPublic policy debates often involve complex, high-stakes issues in which the views of experts within scientific and technical communities play a prominent role. Disputes over appropriate governmental actions concerning global climate change, genetically modified organisms, nuclear waste disposal, cloning, and stem cell research highlight the political importance that can be attached to debates within scientific communities. Not only do these debates influence the kinds of assumed causal relationships that underlie policy alternatives (e.g., the link between CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and global temperatures, or the dispersal patterns of pollens from genetically modified corn), but also those appointed to advisory and technical policy making positions are often chosen from the participating scientific communities. The appointment to such positions has become an increasingly contentious process; some critics contend that experts’ policy positions have trumped their scientific standing in determining appointments to important science policy boards (Revkin 2004; Mooney 2005).en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSchool of Public Policy Working Papers ; 14en_US
dc.subjectExperts' beliefsen_US
dc.subjectScientific consensusen_US
dc.subjectRisk standardsen_US
dc.subjectPublic policy decisionsen_US
dc.titleFrom Experts' Beliefs to Safety Standards: Explaining Preferred Radiation Protection Standards in Polarized Technical Communitiesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. School of Public Policyen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameTexas A & M University. George Bush School of Government and Public Serviceen_US


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