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Virtue and Responsibility in Policy Research and Advice


Virtue and Responsibility in Policy Research and Advice



von: Berry Tholen

51,16 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 06.09.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319652535
Sprache: englisch

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This book argues that ethical judgment by individual scientific policy advisors is more important than is often acknowledged. While many scientific policy advisors routinely present themselves as neutral or value free scientists, here is demonstrated that the ideal of scientific integrity as neutrality is misguided and that an alternative understanding is demanded. The book provides an overview of the type of social and political value decisions that have to be made in all phases of research and advice. It moves on to examine proposed procedures or guidelines for scientists and critically assesses plans for the democratization of decision making in science and scientific advice. The book offers a reflection on the practice of scientific advice that will appeal to practitioners and scholars of Public Administration, Public Management and Policy Analysis.
Ch 1: The ideal of value neutrality in policy research and advice – some inconvenient observations.- Ch 2: Setting the stage: Epistemological and Social values for scientific research and advice.- Ch 3: Deciding what is worth knowing.- Ch 4: Deciding on tools and risks.- Ch 5: Deciding on the advisory role.- Ch 6: Addressing non-epistemological issues.- Ch 7: Solving the issue by distinguishing types of problems.- Ch 8: Solving the issue by bringing in democracy.- Ch 9: Solving the issue by introducing principles and procedures.- Ch 10: Solving the issue by bringing virtue ethics into play.- Ch 11: Conclusion: Scientific policy advice and ethical judgment.
Berry Tholen is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Institute for Management Research Radboud University, the Netherlands.
This book argues that ethical judgment by individual scientific policy advisors is more important than is often acknowledged. While many scientific policy advisors routinely present themselves as neutral or value free scientists, here is demonstrated that the ideal of scientific integrity as neutrality is misguided and that an alternative understanding is demanded. The book provides an overview of the type of social and political value decisions that have to be made in all phases of research and advice. It moves on to examine proposed procedures or guidelines for scientists and critically assesses plans for the democratization of decision making in science and scientific advice. The book offers a reflection on the practice of scientific advice that will appeal to practitioners and scholars of Public Administration, Public Management and Policy Analysis."Dr. Tholen has brilliantly zeroed in on the difference between value-driven inquiry and pseudo-science, and what he reveals is critical in distinguishing facts from falsehoods, the importance of which cannot be over-estimated in the post-truth era."-Carole L. Jurkiewicz, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA"This highly thought-provoking book presents a compelling argument that a scientific advisor should try to be both a good scientist and a responsible citizen. It offers invaluable counsel for finding a rational and responsible role for scientific advisors."-Tony Bovaird, University of Birmingham, UK
Brings together findings from the philosophy of science and from studies on policy advice in a clear and systematic overviewArgues that ethical judgment in scientific policy advice is inevitableExamines what kind of value decisions an expert advisor in the field of Policy analysis and Public Administration has to make 
Brings together findings from the philosophy of science and from studies on policy advice in a clear and systematic overviewArgues that ethical judgment in scientific policy advice is inevitableExamines what kind of value decisions an expert advisor in the field of Policy analysis and Public Administration has to make 

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