Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

Author:   Thomas O. McGarity ,  Wendy E. Wagner
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
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9780674047143


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 March 2010
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Author:   Thomas O. McGarity ,  Wendy E. Wagner
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
Imprint:   Harvard University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.522kg
ISBN:  

9780674047143


ISBN 10:   0674047141
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 March 2010
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Why Bend Science? The Players, the Setting, and the Consequences 3. Where Are the Scientists? Distorting Science without Oversight or Penalty 4. Shaping Science The Art of Creating Research to Fit One's Needs 5. Hiding Science The Art of Concealing Unwelcome Information 6. Attacking Science The Art of Turning Reliable Research into Junk 7. Harassing Scientists The Art of Bullying Scientists Who Produce Damaging Research 8. Packaging Science The Art of Assembling an Expert Group to Advance a Favored Outcome 9. Spinning Science The Art of Manipulating Public Perceptions about Credible Science 10. Restoring Science Forcing Bent Science Out into the Open 11. Reforming Science Oversight Instituting More Vigorous Oversight Processes to Ensure the Integrity of Science in Policy-Making 12. Final Thoughts A Broader Perspective on the Problem and the Prospects for Change Notes Index

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Bending Science is so chock-full of ideas and insights...McGarity and Wagner's insight has large implications both for potential legal reforms and for public faith in the integrity of the scientific process...Bending Science is an immensely important book. It is one of quite a large number of books published recently on the manipulations of science by interest groups and the government. Yet even in this crowded field, Bending Science stakes out its own ground and makes an invaluable contribution to the debate over the role of science in public policy. -- Lisa Heinzerling Texas Law Journal 20090201 Bending Science is an intelligent and compelling blend of investigative journalism and theoretical analysis of the structural and functional flaws of the research enterprise, from the development of testable ideas to the use of its results for practical purposes...Bending Science [is] an indispensable read for our current troubled times. All in all, this book is a must-read not only for researchers devoted to the scientific method but also for all who wish to become competent consumers of research that can influence their lives. The narrative is an eye-opener, which will provide the reader with tools to understand the research process and protect himself/herself from advocacy-based distortions. -- Maura Pilotti Metapsychology 81111


Bending Science is so chock-full of ideas and insights...McGarity and Wagner's insight has large implications both for potential legal reforms and for public faith in the integrity of the scientific process...Bending Science is an immensely important book. It is one of quite a large number of books published recently on the manipulations of science by interest groups and the government. Yet even in this crowded field, Bending Science stakes out its own ground and makes an invaluable contribution to the debate over the role of science in public policy. -- Lisa Heinzerling Texas Law Journal 20090201 Bending Science is an intelligent and compelling blend of investigative journalism and theoretical analysis of the structural and functional flaws of the research enterprise, from the development of testable ideas to the use of its results for practical purposes...Bending Science [is] an indispensable read for our current troubled times. All in all, this book is a must-read not only for researchers devoted to the scientific method but also for all who wish to become competent consumers of research that can influence their lives. The narrative is an eye-opener, which will provide the reader with tools to understand the research process and protect himself/herself from advocacy-based distortions. -- Maura Pilotti Metapsychology 81111


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Thomas O. McGarity is Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Texas. Wendy Wagner is Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Texas.

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