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The Constitutional Place of Science
12 March, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The 2015 STS Haldane Lecture, with Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School
The world’s written constitutions scarcely mention science in explicit terms, and yet science exercises power on a par with the constitutionally designated institutions of government. Perhaps most obviously, science constrains the form and scope of state action through its power to declare matters of fact and to enable technologies. Yet, as shown by decades of research in science and technology studies, public science is itself socially and politically constructed through rules of delegation, deference, and accountability that are seldom openly acknowledged or systematically analyzed in legal or political theory.
In this talk, Sheila will draw on examples from the governance of environmental risk and the biosciences and biotechnologies to explore the constitutional place of science in contemporary democracies.
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