Science is one of the main foundations of modern politics. In many cases, the decision making process is based on the advice of experts and/or scientific data which is being translated into political demands and strategies. However, this relationship is not one-sided. Its complexity is the result of different functions and modes of operation of science and politics. This seminar will look at the theoretical foundations and implications of the scientific-political interdependency. In a second step we will look at the science policy of several countries (the selection of case studies will take place in the first session) to determine different strategies of institutionalizing the relationship of science and politics.
This course will be held in English. Therefore, good written and oral command of the English language is required.