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Rescuing Science From Politics : Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research - Wendy Wagner

Rescuing Science From Politics

Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research

By: Wendy Wagner (Editor), Rena Steinzor (Editor)


Published: 1st August 2006
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Rescuing Science from Politics debuts chapters by the nation's leading academics in law, science, and philosophy who explore ways that the law can be abused by special interests to intrude on the way scientists conduct research.

The high stakes and adversarial features of regulation create the worst possible climate for the honest production and use of science especially by those who will ultimately bear the cost of the resulting regulatory standards. Yet an in-depth exploration of the ways in which dominant interest groups distort the available science to support their positions has received little attention in the academic or popular literature.

The book begins by establishing non-controversial principles of good scientific practice. These principles then serve as the benchmark against which each chapter author compares how science is misused in a specific regulatory setting and assist in isolating problems in the integration of science by the regulatory process.

About the Authors

Wendy Wagner is the Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She received a master's degree in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a law degree from Yale Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Judge Albert Engel, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Rena Steinzor is the Jacob A. France Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law and has a secondary appointment at the University's Medical School. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Columbia University. Professor Steinzor joined the faculty in 1994 from the Washington, DC law firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid.

"These are difficult times for science in the zone where it converges with public policy... [S]cience has been playing a critically important role in several areas that have become important exercises of government responsibility, including, but not limited to environmental quality regulations, litigation over damages associated with the external costs of private activity (toxic torts), and the legal responsibility of manufacturers for product harms. What has happened, in this more political contemporary environment, to science and the people who practice it? That is the subject of this book." From the Prologue by Dr. Donald Kennedy, Stanford University and Editor of Science "This compendium by some of the nation's top philosophers and legal scholars provides a chilling portrait of the heavy burdens on the scientific enterprise that have evolved over the past decade. Science remains an exquisitely social institution, with human fragilities, strengths, and follies. The marketplace of ideas is fettered by competing political interests. Democracy rests on an informed public that freely consents to be governed. This book reveals the precarious nature of scientific information on which any democratic society must depend." Devra Davis, Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute "For those who think of science as an honest and objective broker in policy making, this volume paints a very different picture, and it's not pretty. But it's the ugly side of the regulatory process, where scientific research is often distorted to serve questionable ends, that badly needs greater exposure. This book is an eye-opener that not only documents the problems, but also takes great pains to make sensible proposals for reform that merit serious consideration." Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D., Director, Scientific Freedom, Responsibility & Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science "This book begins with a sobering prologue by Science magazine editor-in-chief and former FDA commissioner Donald Kennedy alerting us to the dangers posed by the increasingly ruthless tactics used by powerful opponents to health and environmental regulations. The book proceeds with detailed example after example showing how opponents to governmental protections have engaged in deliberate and pernicious efforts to subvert the legitimate scientific process for their interest or that of their client and illustrating the Orwellian manner in which the concept of 'sound science' has been corrupted by special interests. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about science or how it is being both used and abused in public policy." Michael E. Mann, Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University "At a time when the United States government is pushing the limits of the law in the interest of risk-producing industries, this book provides a much-needed scholarly analysis of our state of affairs and makes it clear that our policies require recalibration in the interest of public welfare." New England Journal of Medicine "This book does an excellent job of flagging the concerns and pointing us in the right direction toward reform." Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D. Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

About the Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologuep. xix
Introduction: Principled Sciencep. 1
Freedom and Independencep. 21
Defending Clean Science from Dirty Attacks by Special Interestsp. 24
Basic Science at Risk: Protecting the Independence of Researchp. 46
Publication Bias, Data Ownership, and the Funding Effect in Science: Threats to the Integrity of Biomedical Researchp. 61
Science and Subpoenas: When Do the Courts Become Instruments of Manipulation?p. 86
Transparency and Honestyp. 99
The Data Wars, Adaptive Management, and the Irony of "Sound Science"p. 103
The Dual Legacy of Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceutical: Trading Junk Science for Insidious Sciencep. 120
Using Science in a Political World: The Importance of Transparency in Natural Resource Regulationp. 143
Transforming Science into Law: Default Reasoning in International Trade Disputesp. 165
Two Models for Scientific Transparency in Environmental Lawp. 193
A Public Infrastructure for Sciencep. 215
Politicizing Peer Review: The Scientific Perspectivep. 219
Politicizing Peer Review: The Legal Perspectivep. 238
The Government Role in Scientific Research: Who Should Bridge the Data Gap in Chemical Regulation?p. 255
Recommendations and Conclusionp. 279
Conclusion: The Imperative of the Principlesp. 281
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780521540094
ISBN-10: 0521540097
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.758 x 15.443  x 2.032
Weight (kg): 0.449