5 The Problem of Expert knowledge in a democratic society
What are the technical problems involved in cloning ?
What are experts' problems & common errors ?
What difficulties do you have in seeing their
(the experts) follies (miscalculations)?
Pollution control tall stacks & acid rain
- EngineersAlaskan pipeline,
- Policy specialistsunintended consequences
- Physiciansunnecessary antibiotic use
What is a forest worth?
Polis GG Polis
police power, capability of fining or jailing offending polluters.
policies, clean air and water are common property resources.
precautionary principle, when uncertainty >, do no harm.
principle, a guiding set of ideas to inform rules and regulations.
authority, a sanctioned capacity to bring about a resolution.
politics, the play among powerful elements to achieve advantages.
govern, an exercise of power and authority to impose order.
law, a body of formal case decisions or formally passed bills.
decision, the formal ruling of a judge or administrative board.
Hardin: Ch. 3-8, pp. 15-88.