Editor

Jean Goodwin

Proceedings Title

Between Scientists & Citizens

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What authority should experts have? The “authority” of “speaking with authority” is not the “authority of “acting with authority.” In decisions shared with experts, we need clearer responsibilities and lines of authority for the non-experts as well as for the experts. A better balance between the experts’ authority and our own, drawing on a wider variety of experts, promises much better-justified decisions.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-73

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The Ambiguous Relationship between Expertise and Authority

What authority should experts have? The “authority” of “speaking with authority” is not the “authority of “acting with authority.” In decisions shared with experts, we need clearer responsibilities and lines of authority for the non-experts as well as for the experts. A better balance between the experts’ authority and our own, drawing on a wider variety of experts, promises much better-justified decisions.

 

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