From something I'm working on . . .
Science communication and evidence-based politics
Evidence-based policymaking presupposes evidence-based politics (National Research Council 2012). From the abandonment of nuclear power construction in the 1980s to the backlash against universal HPV vaccination in the last decade; from persistent inaction on climate change to the continued reliance on ineffective law-enforcement policies for reducing gun homicides—the value of decision-relevance science has been squandered by the absence of scientifically informed strategies for enabling citizens to recognize what’s known by science (Kahan 2013). This proposal is aimed at helping to remedy this deficit in the practice of enlightened self-government.
Kahan, D.M. A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines. Science 342, 53-54 (2013).
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy. Using science as evidence in public policy (National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2012).