Democratizing Science

The Political Roots of the Public Engagement Agenda

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This book examines remedies for improving public trust and the legitimacy of science. It reviews policy approaches adopted by governments to incentivise the empowerment of stakeholders, offering an original analysis of the political roots of the impact and public engagement agenda and shedding light on the wider connections to democracy.

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Public trust in the scientific community is under extraordinary pressure. Crucial areas of human activity and public policy, such as education, universities, climate and health care are influenced by populist political strategies rather than evidence-based solutions. Moreover, data-driven methods are becoming increasingly subject to de-legitimisation.

This book examines potential remedies for improving public trust and the legitimacy of science. It reviews different policy approaches adopted by governments to incentivise the empowerment of stakeholders through co-production arrangements, participatory mechanisms, public engagement and interaction between citizens and researchers.

Offering an original analysis of the political roots of the governmental impact and engagement agenda, this book sheds much-needed light on the wider connections to democracy.

Paola Mattei is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan.

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