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Science advice, democratic responsiveness and public policy

Weale, A; (2001) Science advice, democratic responsiveness and public policy. Science and Public Policy , 28 (6) 413 - 421.

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Abstract

Novel biotechnologies pose serious problems of how to combine scientific expertise and public involvement in the setting of standards of control. Identifying the problem of distinguishing the role of expertise from that of public involvement, this paper reviews current methods of promoting the public discussion of science. It identifies a particular problem in the articulation of ethical concerns that are especially relevant to various forms of biotechnology. These concerns are not amenable to consensus solutions, and the capacity to reflect on how to deal with these issues is reduced in the European Union. The conclusion is that public involvement should be seen to complement both scientific advice and systems of political representation.

Type:Article
Title:Science advice, democratic responsiveness and public policy
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Political Science

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