Science, the Endless Frontier of Regulatory Capture

Saltelli, Andrea, Dorothy J. Dankel, Monica Di Fiore, Nina Holland, and Martin Pigeon. 2021. “Science, the Endless Frontier of Regulatory Capture.” Futures, October. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102860.

31 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2021 Last revised: 15 Nov 2021

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Andrea Saltelli

University of Bergen

Dorothy Dankel

University of Bergen

Monica Di Fiore

National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC)

Nina Holland

Corporate Europe Observatory

Martin Pigeon

Corporate Europe Observatory

Date Written: March 1, 2021

Abstract

In this paper we explore five recent cases of regulatory capture in Europe, and zoom in on a form of corporate penetration which is based on a strategic use of the image and legitimacy of science. We examine cases in which lobbyists present themselves as upholders science and of evidence-based policy, intervene directly in the methodological and ethical aspects of science for policy-making, thus imprinting their own agenda on the societal functions of science. We propose the existence of a process whereby private interest ascend an ideal ‘epistemic ladder’. In this vision, lobbying intervention moves from questioning the evidence to questioning its legitimacy, all the way to acting as to create a worldview where not only the evidence, but the very idea of regulation, become irrelevant or undesirable, other than as a vehicle for the pursuit of private interest.

Keywords: evidence-based policy, ethics washing, science for policy, regulatory capitalism

JEL Classification: D72, L51, O33

Suggested Citation

Saltelli, Andrea and Dankel, Dorothy and Di Fiore, Monica and Holland, Nina and Pigeon, Martin, Science, the Endless Frontier of Regulatory Capture (March 1, 2021). Saltelli, Andrea, Dorothy J. Dankel, Monica Di Fiore, Nina Holland, and Martin Pigeon. 2021. “Science, the Endless Frontier of Regulatory Capture.” Futures, October. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102860., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3795058

Andrea Saltelli (Contact Author)

University of Bergen ( email )

Bergen
Norway

Dorothy Dankel

University of Bergen ( email )

Muséplassen 1
N-5008 Bergen, +47 55 58
Norway

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Monica Di Fiore

National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) ( email )

Roma, RM
Italy

Nina Holland

Corporate Europe Observatory ( email )

Rue d’Édimbourg 26
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Martin Pigeon

Corporate Europe Observatory ( email )

Rue d’Édimbourg 26
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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