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
Date Written: March 1, 2021
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
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