Counteracting the Politicization of Science

Toby Bolsen, James N. Druckman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Few trends in science have generated as much discussion as its politicization. This occurs when an actor emphasizes the inherent uncertainty of science to cast doubt on the existence of scientific consensus. In this article, we offer a framework that generates predictions about when communications can be used to counteract politicization efforts aimed at novel energy technologies. We then present evidence from nationally representative survey experiments to demonstrate how warnings to dismiss future politicization and corrections to ignore past claims can counteract politicization's effects. The results provide novel insights about science communication in a politicized era and offer a blueprint on which future work can build.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-769
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Motivated Reasoning
  • Politicization
  • Public Opinion
  • Science Communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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