Edited by Pierluigi Barrotta and Giovanni Scarafile
[Controversies 13] 2018
► pp. 87–108
Chapter 5. Decisions 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.