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Bioethics as a Governance Practice

Montgomery, JR; (2016) Bioethics as a Governance Practice. Health Care Analysis , 24 (1) pp. 3-23. 10.1007/s10728-015-0310-2. Green open access

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Abstract

Bioethics can be considered as a topic, an academic discipline (or combination of disciplines), a field of study, an enterprise in persuasion. The historical specificity of the forms bioethics takes is significant, and raises questions about some of these approaches. Bioethics can also be considered as a governance practice, with distinctive institutions and structures. The forms this practice takes are also to a degree country specific, as the paper illustrates by drawing on the author’s UK experience. However, the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics can provide a starting point for comparisons provided that this does not exclude sensitivity to the socio-political context. Bioethics governance practices are explained by various legitimating narratives. These include response to scandal, the need to restrain irresponsible science, the accommodation of pluralist views, and the resistance to the relativist idea that all opinions count equally in bioethics. Each approach raises interesting questions and shows that bioethics should be studied as a governance practice as a complement to other approaches.

Type: Article
Title: Bioethics as a Governance Practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10728-015-0310-2
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10728-015-0310-2
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​4.​0/​), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Bioethics; Governance; UNESCO Declaration; Ethics committees; Legitimation; UK Bioethics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473738
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