When Science goes Public: From Technical Arguments to Appeals to Authority

  • Jean Goodwin Iowa State University
  • Lee Honeycutt Iowa State University
Keywords: argumentation, argument from expert opinion, appeal to authority, science communication, public participation

Abstract

Recent calls for increased public participation in technical decision-making have brought to the fore argumentation between scientists and citizens. In this paper, we examine what happens as arguments travel from the technical to the public sphere. Based on a case study of a U.S. debate over the net energy balance of corn-based ethanol, we show how the evidence-based technical arguments are transformed into appeals to expert authority. 

How to Cite
Goodwin, J., & Honeycutt, L. (1). When Science goes Public: From Technical Arguments to Appeals to Authority. Studies in Communication Sciences, (2). https://doi.org/10.24434/%x