Rather than adding one more demonstration of science’s intertwinement with politics, or one more call for increased public participation in science policy, Brown proposes a rethinking of democratic institutions… [T]his book should be considered essential reading for those interested in ongoing discussions about the relationships between science and politics.—R. Holifield, Contemporary Political Theory—
Science in Democracy presents a useful collection of arguments for anyone concerned with the politics of science… Democratizing science, [Brown] suggests, is less a matter of increasing public participation than of supporting a diverse ecology of modes of political representation.
, Social Studies of Science
Not only does [Brown] grapple with the complex values that are required by democratic representation; he also looks at how various institutions can and do embody those values and how we might do better… His book is clearly a must-read for those engaged in this issue.
Brown…fights fire with fire, in the manner of Madison’s treatment of factions: accept the politicization [of science] but fix the politics by creating a complex ‘framework of democratic representation’ throughout. His recommendations are quite detailed, and based on a deep, enjoyable analysis…. This is, in fact, a thinker’s book, and one closes it with the thought that ‘well, it just might work.’ Highly recommended.