The Politics of Expertise in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Office of Technology Assessment
Explores how the US legislature tries to act on the best available information about policy problems and at the same time to be responsive to the constituents who elected them. Bimber (political science, U. of California-Santa Barbara) focuses on interactions between elected officials and technical experts from the Office of Technology Assessment,
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