Threats to Science: Politicization, Misinformation, and Inequalities

James N. Druckman*

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Abstract

Science is often considered the best available route to knowledge and, thus, essential for societal progress. Yet contemporary science faces several challenges. These challenges include politicization, misinformation, and inequalities. I outline each of these threats, detailing the ways in which they can undermine the optimal production and application of science. I provide an overview of various research agendas on each, as covered in this volume. Without minimizing the seriousness posed by each threat, I also suggest that existing work provides reason for hope that the scientific enterprise can address these challenges and continue to improve societal well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-24
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume700
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • inequality
  • misinformation
  • politicization of science
  • scientific progress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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