Ettore COSTA

Academic Year:
2021/2022

Research Program:
DigiHum

Affiliation:
Centre for European Research, University of Gothenburg

Researcher:
Postdoctoral Researcher

Country:
Italy

Research project: Science and Democracy (and Social Democracy): Scientific Questions for the Party of European Socialists (PES) in the 21st Century

Science is needed for climate change, healthcare and competitiveness, but distrust in experts have made the public fearful of science. I argue this has been a key factor in the crisis of socialism, which drew strength from the optimism about scientific progress. The project does a literature review on the role of science in the decline of social democracy and describes the evolving impact of scientific issues on the programmes of the PES in the 20th and 21st century.