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Experts and the Will of the People

Society, Populism and Science

Authors: Collins, H., Evans, R., Durant, D., Weinel, M.

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  • Defines scientific expertise as a part of the checks and balances in place against concentrating power
  • Addresses a major debate in STS - the role of science in democracy
  • Presents suggestions on how the role of science in democratic societies can be rethought and publicly explained
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The rise of populism in the West has led to attacks on the legitimacy of scientific expertise in political decision making. This book explores the differences between populism and pluralist democracy and their relationship with science. Pluralist democracy is characterised by respect for minority choices and a system of checks and balances that prevents power being concentrated in one group, while populism treats minorities as traitorous so as to concentrate power in the government. The book argues that scientific expertise – and science more generally -- should be understood as one of the checks and balances in pluralist democracies. It defends science as ‘craftwork with integrity’ and shows how its crucial role in democratic societies can be rethought and that it must be publicly explained. This book will be of value to scholars and practitioners working across STS as well as to anyone interested in decoding the populist agenda against science.

About the authors

Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, UK.  He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy and winner of the Bernal prize for social studies of science.  His c25 books cover, among other things, sociology of scientific knowledge, artificial intelligence, the nature of expertise, tacit knowledge, and technology in sport.
Robert Evans is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. He has worked in the field of science and technology studies for over 20 years, with research projects including sustainable energy, medical genetics and economic forecasting. His work is most closely associated with the ‘Third Wave of Science Studies’, including Rethinking Expertise (2007) and Why Democracies Need Science (2017), both of which were co-authored with Professor Harry Collins, and developing the closely related Imitation Game method.
Darrin Durant is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has published widely on democratic deliberations about nuclear waste disposal, the politics of climate change, contemporary post-truth dynamics, and the role experts can and should play in liberal democracies.
Martin Weinel is Research Associate at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. In collaboration with others, most notably Harry Collins, Rob Evans and Nicky Priaulx, he has written on aspects of expertise, science policy, interdisciplinarity, science communication and the Imitation Game. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook £35.99
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Hardcover £44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26982-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experts and the Will of the People
Book Subtitle
Society, Populism and Science
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26983-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26983-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26982-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 99
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