SCIENCE ADVICE FOR POLICY
BY EUROPEAN ACADEMIES

Matthew Flinders on science, political accountability and blame

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Combative debate, accusations and blame are often seen as legitimate tools in the toolbox of partisan political debate. Now, in the new world of high-profile science advisors stepping (or being dragged) into the political limelight, should they be held to the same standards of accountability as their political colleagues?

Two years on from the start of the pandemic, an era of public enquiries is beginning, and Professor Matthew Flinders has something to say about what dangers scientists face, and what practical skills they might need if they want to survive in the shark tank.

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