"This collection of essays explores how democratic governments construct public reason--that is, the forms of evidence and argument used in making state decisions accountable to citizens. The objective is to investigate what societies do in practice when they claim to be reasoning in the public interest. Methodologically, the book is grounded in the field of science and technology studies (STS). It uses in-depth qualitative studies of legal and political practices to shed light on the cultural construction of public reason and the reasoning political subject"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Reason in practice 2. Product, process, or programme : three cultures and the regulation of biotechnology 3. In the democracies of DNA : ontological uncertainty and political order in three states 4. Restoring reason : causal narratives and political culture 5. Image and imagination : the formation of global environmental consciousness 6. Contested boundaries in policy-relevant science 7. The songlines of risk 8. Judgment under siege : the three-body problem of expert legitimacy 9. Technologies of humility : citizen participation in governing science 10. What judges should know about the sociology of science 11. Expert games in silicone gel breast implant litigation 12. The eye of everyman : witnessing DNA in the Simpson trial 13. In a constitutional moment : science and social order at the millennium 14. Afterword.