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March 02, 2012

Chief scientists are not superheroes

by Roger Pielke

As decision making increasingly involves highly complex and technical issues, a focus on the role of government advisory mechanisms is welcome. Unfortunately, many of the recommendations in the House of Lords report on the role of chief scientific advisors in government, if implemented, will lead to a greater politicization of the advisory process and less accountability of government to citizens.

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Roger Pielke

Roger Pielke

Roger Pielke, Jr. is a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado where he studies science and technology policy and author of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Policy and Politics in Science.