The American People and Science Policy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080280646, 9781483158693

The American People and Science Policy

1st Edition

The Role of Public Attitudes in the Policy Process

Authors: Jon D. Miller
eBook ISBN: 9781483158693
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1983
Page Count: 166
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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 Foreword Acknowledgments 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 Summary Chapter 3. A Conceptual Framework A Stratified Model of Policy Formulation Political Specialization Interest Specialization Issue Specialization The Structure of Political Participation Summary 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 Summary Chapter 7. The Preservation of Independence The Public Understanding of Science Governmental Regulation of Science and Technology The Creationist Challenge Summary 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 Summary 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 T


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