Democracy


Why “Fast Track” Can Sidetrack Both Science and Democracy

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

Congress soon will be voting on whether to approve Trade Promotion Authority, or fast-track, a process that expedites approval of trade deals but at the expense of democratic discourse and public and congressional scrutiny and oversight.

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Toward Science-Based Children’s Environmental Health Policies

, , former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

Imagine a world where all children grow up playing, learning, and dreaming in communities free from violence, racism, poverty, hunger, life trauma, and poisons that limit their potential. Imagine their health and safety encompassing physical, mental, and social well-being—not just the absence of disease. Read more >

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Openness Effort Trumps Partisan Gridlock in Congress

, , sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

You can probably count on the fingers of one hand the issues on which there is bipartisan agreement in Congress. Fortunately, strengthening Freedom of Information (FOIA)  is one of them. Read more >

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The Balancing Act: Public Engagement for the Academic Scholar

Andrew J. Hoffman, professor, University of Michigan
, , UCS

Each spring, my colleagues and I perform a common ritual; we fill out our annual activities reports to summarize our research, teaching, and service accomplishments for the year. As we fill them out, we are keenly aware that the primary metric is really research, and in particular, research published in top tier academic journals. Attempts at public or political engagement are overlooked or even discouraged as an “impractical” waste of time. Read more >

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Tulips, Tyranny…and Gratitude

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

It’s springtime in Washington, my favorite season in our nation’s capitol. The cherry blossoms have faded, but the bright red tulips are standing erect like soldiers in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. The streets are clogged with tourists and school groups, taking pictures, looking at the monuments, a bit dazzled by Washington’s beauty. Read more >

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