The American People and Science Policy

The American People and Science Policy

The Role of Public Attitudes in the Policy Process

1st Edition - January 1, 1983

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  • Author: Jon D. Miller
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158693

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The American People and Science Policy: The Role of Public Attitudes in the Policy Process examines and evaluates the structure and efficacy of public participation in the formulation of science policy in the United States. Organized into 10 chapters, this book first reviews major science policy issues in the 20th century. This text then introduces a stratified model of public policy formulation that appears to fit science policy. The public participation in science policy is also explained. Other chapters explore the science policy agenda; attitudes of both policy leaders and the attentive public on resource and independence issues; and the future of public participation in science policy. Lastly, the formulation of science policy in a democratic society is addressed. This book will be useful for professional students engaged in this field of interest.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures

    List of Tables



    Chapter 1. The Politics of Science

    Chapter 2. Science Policy in the Twentieth Century

    Basic Objectives

    The Prewar Experience

    The War Effort

    The Control of Atomic Energy

    The Creation of the National Science Foundation

    The Growth of Resources


    Chapter 3. A Conceptual Framework

    A Stratified Model of Policy Formulation

    Political Specialization

    Interest Specialization

    Issue Specialization

    The Structure of Political Participation


    Chapter 4. Public Participation in Science Policy

    Science Policy Decision Makers

    Science Policy Leaders

    The Attentive Public for Science Policy

    The Nonattentive Public

    General Dispositions toward Science and Technology

    Chapter 5. The Science Policy Agenda

    The Dynamics of Science Policy

    Chapter 6. The Acquisition of Resources

    The Adequacy of Support for Scientific Research

    The Quality of Pre-collegiate Science Education

    Industrial Research and Development

    The International Standing of American Science and Technology


    Chapter 7. The Preservation of Independence

    The Public Understanding of Science

    Governmental Regulation of Science and Technology

    The Creationist Challenge


    Chapter 8. Public Participation in Specific Controversies

    Specific Issue Attentiveness

    Specific Issue Policy Views

    The Resolution of Specific Issue Controversies

    Personal Participation in Specific Controversies


    Chapter 9. The Future of Public Participation in Science Policy

    The Emergence of Attentiveness

    The Development of Attitudes toward Organized Science

    Future Political Participation

    Chapter 10. The Formulation of Science Policy in a Democratic Society

    Is an Attentive Public Inherently Elitist

    Is There an Optimal Size for an Attentive Public

    The Utilization and Effectiveness of the Attentive Public

    Appendix: The Data Base



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  • No. of pages: 166
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1983
  • Published: January 1, 1983
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158693

About the Author

Jon D. Miller

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