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Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Researchby Thomas O. Mcgarity
Synopses & Reviews
What do we know about the possible poisons that industrial technologies leave in our air and water? How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous products? As this disturbing book shows, ideological or economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse.
Thomas O. McGarity and Wendy Wagner reveal the range of sophisticated legal and financial tactics political and corporate advocates use to discredit or suppress research on potential human health hazards. Scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the safety of chemical products.
With alarming stories drawn from the public record, McGarity and Wagner describe how advocates attempt to bend science or "spin" findings. They reveal an immense range of tools available to shrewd partisans determined to manipulate research.
Bending Science exposes an astonishing pattern of corruption and makes a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.
McGarity and Wagner reveal the range of sophisticated legal and financial tactics political and corporate advocates use to discredit or suppress research on potential human health hazards.Bending Science exposes an astonishing pattern of corruption and makes a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.
2009 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award, University of Texas at Austin and the University Co-operative Society
About the Author
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.
University of Texas School of Law
Table of Contents
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
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