The Holberg Laureate LIVE
The Holberg Laureate in Conversation
Holberg Laureate Sheila Jasanoff in conversation with Professor Cathrine Holst on the issue of trust in relations between experts and publics.
Phenomena such as climate skepticism and vaccine refusal indicate a loss of trust in relations between experts and publics in modern democracies.
Comparisons of expert decision-making across democratic societies suggest that reliance on particular forms of evidence-making and public reason differ across political cultures. Trust in expertise emerges as a political achievement that cannot be short-circuited by scientific authority alone. The remedy for breakdowns in trust lies in persuading publics that what experts know does indeed support official policies and regulatory actions. This often calls for better politics, not more science.
This event is a part of the Holberg Week, which this year takes place 7—10 June.