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In the last decade, science in the United States has become increasingly politicized, as government officials have been accused of manipulating, distorting, subverting, and censoring science for ideological purposes. Political gamesmanship has played a major role in many different areas of science, including the debate over global climate change, embryonic stem cell research, government funding of research, the FDA's approval process, military intelligence related to Iraq, research with human subjects, and the teaching of evolution in public schools. In Playing Politics with Science, David B. Resnik explores the philosophical, political, and ethical issues related to the politicalization of science and develops a conceptual framework for thinking about government restrictions on scientific practice. Resnik argues that the public has a right and a duty to oversee scientific research to protect important social values and hold scientists accountable for their actions, but that inappropriate government control over science can erode the integrity and trustworthiness of research, hamper scientific creativity and innovation, undermine the fairness and effectiveness of government and policies informed by science, discourage talented researchers from working for the government, and violate the freedom of scientists. Resnik also makes policy recommendations for protecting science from politicalization, and maintains that scientific autonomy and government control must be properly balanced so that restrictions on science can benefit society without undermining scientific research, education, and expert advice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195375893
ISBN-10: 0195375890
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 22-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - David B. Resnik

David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, is a Bioethicist and Vice-Chair of the NIEHS Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Resnik has published 7 books and over 150 articles on philosophical, ethical, and legal issues in science, technology, and medicine. He is also associate editor of the journal Accountability in Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion at North Carolina State University. His book The Price of Truth: How Money Affects the Norms of Science was published by OUP in 2007.

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