Title

Technical Disputes: Why Experts Disagree

Abstract

Disputes among scientists provide policymakers with rationalization for any course of action. These disputes are marked by divergent views of the risks involved in the development of specific technologies. This paper argues that such disagreements are epistemological in nature, which means that "technical" disputes cannot be resolved through mechanisms such as the science court. The case of the herbicide 2, 4, 5‐T illustrates the argument.

Department(s)

Political Science

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-1338.1982.tb00492.x

Publication Date

1982

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