A Case Study in the Formation of U.S. Science Policy: The Recombinant DNA Debate
Shepley, Beth-Ann M.
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In order to explore more fully the nature of policy formation in the case of rDNA, the conceptual approaches of several political theorists will be employed. Political scientists have in the past stressed the importance of the role that extra-decisional processes play in the course of policy formation. Not only formal, but informal decision making is important to consider when determining exactly how final decisions were reached. Such analysts have attempted to pinpoint specific aspects of these extra-decisional processes in order to assure that the analysis of a policy will take these sometimes integral external influences into account.