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The Impact of Political Decisions on the Roles of Scientific Experts: A Case Study of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository Project
The III International Nuclear Forum, Institute “ATOMPROF (2008)
  • Raymond E. Keeler, Ph.D.
Abstract

The public tends to be skeptical of scientists if they appear to be advocating a particular policy decision rather than staying neutral. Small changes in public policy can force the scientist’s role away from honest assessments of policy alternatives towards advocating a particular policy. This shift may not be intentional, or affect the quality of the science, but may nevertheless increase public skepticism. Changes to the United States Nuclear Waste Policy Act resulted in a shift towards issue advocacy that undermined scientific credibility and associated public support because the public no longer perceives the scientific experts as neutral.

Keywords
  • Honest Broker,
  • Scientific Experts,
  • Issue Advocate,
  • Science Arbiter,
  • public opinion,
  • Yucca Mountain
Publication Date
September, 2008
Citation Information
Raymond E. Keeler. "The Impact of Political Decisions on the Roles of Scientific Experts: A Case Study of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository Project" The III International Nuclear Forum, Institute “ATOMPROF (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/raymondkeeler/3/