The New Politics of Science

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The New Politics of Science

By David Dickson
Pantheon, 1984
304 pp. $22.95
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The author was Washington correspondent for the British weekly Nature for four years and is now European correspondent for the journal Science. His thesis is that decisions on science-ranging from the broad allocation of resources among competing areas of basic science to the detailed application of scientific achievements to market-determined needs-are increasingly concentrated in a closed circle of corporate, banking, and military leaders. Although most research in the United States is federally funded, the nation's scientific enterprise is being steadily removed from public decision-making. This has come about at a time of scientific and high-technology renaissance. One need not accept the thesis in toto to find this a valuable book, full of information and insights about the political relationships which affect science funding and politics.