Chapter 5Decisions without scientists?
Two case studies about GM plants and invasive acacia in Hungary
In my paper I will present two case studies showing that politics partly disregard the scientific standpoint in decision processes. I will examine the reputation of the research on genetically modified (GM) plants and their experts in Hungary as well as the status of invasive acacia, observing the articles on these cases in the most popular daily newspapers and online news portals by rhetorical and content analysis. I also conducted interviews with experts of GM plants to get to know the research in practice. I will present that scientific viewpoints in these cases were mostly treated in the process of policy-making in an imbalanced manner, although the opinions of experts should have been treated equally.
- 1.1The beginning of STS and positivist approach
- 1.2Constructivism, ‘Mode 2’ and boundaries
- 2.A case for genetically modified plants
- 2.1What should we know about GMOs and GM plants?
- 2.1.1Genetic modification: spread
- 2.1.2Regulation of GM plants
- 2.1.3Support of GM plants
- 2.1.4Conflicts about GM plants
- 2.2Method of GM plants examination
- 2.2.1Cases of GM plants
- 2.3Results of the media’s examination in the case of GM maize
- 2.4Results of interviews
- 2.5Conclusions for the case of GM plants
- 3.Case of invasive acacia
- 3.1What should we know about invasive species and acacia?
- 3.2Conflict of invasive acacia in Hungary
- 3.3Method of invasive acacia’s examination