National institutions involved in environmental policy planning respond more to the accommodation of special interests, whether vested, parochial, or societal, than to the realities of techlogical advances. This situation, combined with the added problem of widespread scientific illiteracy, makes the formulation of effective environmental policy a very difficult task to accomplish. Our politico-legal system and relationships among science, scientists, and society are explored here with specific attention to issues arising from pharmaceutical invation and biotechlogy. The identification of the resultant dilemmas reveal disenfranchisement and point to possible means of reform. Howell focuses on the need for multilateral responsibility for communication to improve the accommodation of science in policy. A truly multidisciplinary study, this book is for environmental planners as well as the interested public.
DOROTHY J. HOWELL is Adjunct Professor at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School and a participant in environmental programs since 1969. She teaches a seminar in the multidisciplinary aspects of environmental planning, as well as courses in environmental sciences and toxics law.