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The Fifth Branch

Science Advisers as Policymakers

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$39.00 • £31.95 • €35.00

ISBN 9780674300620

Publication Date: 08/19/1998


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 7 tables


[A] provocative and original work… Jasanoff has pioneered the exploring of the workings of the gears and sprockets of the Fifth Branch.—Daniel S. Greenberg, Nature

The problems of science and politics continue. Jasanoff’s work will surely enlighten the debate.—Susan Bartlett Foote, Science

Jasanoff focuses down sharply on a set of solidly researched case-studies involving the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and their handling of regulations concerning clean air, pesticides, and the safety of pharmaceuticals and food additives. But this apparent narrowness belies the theoretical significance of the book, which far transcends its empirical base in these examples and, for that matter, in the United States.—Philip Gummett, The Times Higher Education Supplement

Reading this well-written book would be excellent preparation for any scientist planning to participate in regulatory science in an agency or to serve on an advisory panel. And its insights into the workings of advisory committees could be useful to many others…no other book so thoroughly reviews the role science advisory groups have played.—John F. Ahearne, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

[A] first-rate study… [Jasanoff’s] findings have important bearing on the general concern with the impact of expertise on democracy.—Sanford Lakoff, Political Science Quarterly

Thorough and thoughtful. [The Fifth Branch] will remain the definitive work in its field for a considerable time to come.—Roger Williams, Political Studies

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