Beyond Legitimate Science: The Case for Policy-related Science

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The legal view of science has changed through time, moving from a more positivist and noncritical position of law towards science to a critical view of science – providing the potential for more objective knowledge, but value-laden as well - and of the role of society. This paper explores some judicial cases that illustrate these attitudes, suggesting that reference to science (particularly to EBM) can be rigourously and equitably made when it serves the cause of transparency and democratisation both in science and in law, as the tendency towards a policy-related science is suggesting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-based Practice in Medicine and Health Care
EditorsR. Ter Meulen, N. Biller, Ch. Lenk, R. Lie
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • policy-related science
  • regulatory science


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