Democracy & Expertise: On Reasons to Mistrust

Democracy & Expertise: On Reasons to Mistrust

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  • December 1, 2020
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Podcast with PERITIA’s Cathrine Holst on the relationship of trust, expertise, and democracy

If the influence of experts on public debate means that the vaulues and experiences of different groups are not adequately reflected, we have a problem. Cathrine Holst

How far should we rely on science to make political decisions? What makes a good science advisor — or a good science advice system? What do we do when the evidence is incomplete or controversial? What happens when science advice goes wrong and how can we fix it?

PERITIA investigator Cathrine Holst from the University of Oslo features on the latest SAPEA Science for Policy podcast, in which she discusses reasons to mistrust experts, tensions between expertise and democracy, the complex role of trust in relation to science advice, as well as the challenges posed by populism and pandemics


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