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Costs and Benefits of the Free Market System 
Scientific Development and the Democratic Process
16 Jun - 23 Jun, 1999
 Personal Responsibility of Judges

Faculty:
Walter Massey (Co-Chair) - President, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; former President, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC
Khotso Mokhele (Co-Chair) - President, Foundation for Research Development, Pretoria
Ulrike Felt - Professor, Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna
Ellen Goldberg - President, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico
Raoul Kneucker - Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transport, Vienna; former Secretary General of the Austrian Science Foundation
Bruce Lewenstein - Editor, Public Understanding of Science; Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Michael Morgan - Programme Director, The Wellcome Trust, London
Shiv Visvanathan - Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India

Abstract:
This session will consider the impact of the democratization process on science and the impact and role of science in a democratic society. Participants will begin the week by looking at ways in which democracy in a society can either enhance or impede the progress of science, and, conversely, ways in which scientific progress can affect the process of democratization. Is a population that is more scientifically and technically literate also more challenging of governing processes? Does science strengthen democracy by raising the standards of living, enlarging the middle class, and creating economic development? What role does science education play in democratic societies? Do cultures differ in their interest in and acceptance of scientific information? A second set of questions to be deliberated by the participants revolves around the manner in which scientific priorities are set nationally and globally. How does a democratic society determine its scientific priorities and what role does public policy play in this process? How does public spending reflect these priorities? What influence do lobbyist groups and legal challenges have on this process? Drawing lessons from the past and with a view to the future, session participants will examine the relationship between science and development and seek to identify ways in which science can be used to optimize the process of democratization and enhance economic development.


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