Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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Roundup: Political Interference and Declining Trust in Public Health Agencies Addressing COVID-19

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

In the third quarter of 2020, public confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suffered as we saw signs that politics is interfering with the agencies’ responses to COVID-19. Read more >

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Is our democracy being swallowed up like Little Red Riding Hood, having fallen into a trap laid by the Big Bad Wolf? Chris Ensminger/Unsplash

Surrounded by Wolves, the Electoral Process and the People Move Forward

, Kendall Science Fellow

For the first time in the nation’s history, we are seeing a faction refuse to yield power while deliberately using every mechanism at its disposal to foment distrust in the levers of democracy. Read more >

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Science Is Taking Center Stage in President-Elect Biden’s Plan to Combat COVID-19

, Research Analyst

In a positive and encouraging sign, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced last Monday the formation of a Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board—made up entirely of doctors, scientists, and former governmental health officials—and presented an updated version of their COVID-19 pandemic response plan. Read more >

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Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

Science to fight COVID-19 is returning to the White House, but with only moral authority at Biden’s command for now, it is on the nation to unify around the science at hand to control the virus. It starts by treating the simple object of a mask as our momentary American flag. To fight this virus we must be indivisible, where individual liberties must concede to the health of all. If we do not, Inauguration Day will be far grimmer than it should be. Read more >

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The Damage to Science that President-Elect Biden Can Undo with a Stroke of a Pen

, Research scientist

The last four years were not great for science-based decisionmaking, but President-elect Biden can undo a good amount of damage by rolling back President Trump’s executive orders that sidelined science. Read more >

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