What are the political implications of 'expert' knowledge and
especially scientific knowledge for liberal democracy? If knowledge
is not evenly distributed upon what basis can the philosophy of
equal rights be sustained? This important book points to the crisis
in knowledge in liberal democracies. This crisis, simply put, is
that most citizens cannot understand, much less judge, the claims
scientists make. One response is the appointment of public
commissions to provide conclusions for policy-makers to act upon.
There are also commissions from below', such as grass roots
associations that quiz the limits of expert knowledge and power and
make rival knowledge claims. Do these commissions represent a new
stage in the development of liberal democracy? Or is it merely a
pragmatic device of no political consequence. The central argument
of the book is that in a knowledge society' in which specialized
knowledge is increasingly important to politics, more has to be
delegated because democratic discussion can't handle it. This
limitation in the scope of liberal democracy threatens its
fundamental character. The book will be required reading in the
fields of social theory, political theory and science studies.
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