Framing the public : three case studies in public participation in the governance of agricultural biotechnology
Title: Framing the public : three case studies in public participation in the governance of agricultural biotechnology
Author: HANSEN, Janus
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2005
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
Ideas about public engagement with controversial technologies are growing in political prominence. This dissertation delivers a theoretically grounded, empirical analysis of why active public involvement is considered to be of growing importance for the legitimate use of new technologies. It examines the different social dynamics influencing actual attempts to engage the public and the difficulties encountered. Janus Hansen argues that while there are strong normative reasons to further public engagement with the regulation of controversial technologies, there are also strong sociological reasons to reflect carefully on what such engagement can realistically achieve. This dissertation delivers conceptual tools and empirical analyses to support such reflections based on in-depth case studies of important attempts to engage public concerns across Europe.
LC Subject Heading: Agricultural biotechnology; Biotechnology -- Europe -- Public opinion; Biotechnology -- Political aspects -- European Union countries
Defence date: 10 June 2005; Examining board: Prof. Andrew Webster (University of York) ; Prof. Donatella Della Porta (EUI) ; Prof. Klaus Eder (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, external co-supervisor) ; Prof. Colin Crouch (University of Warwick, former EUI, supervisor)
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