Constitutional Moments in Governing Science and Technology

TitleConstitutional Moments in Governing Science and Technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJasanoff, S
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination621 - 638
Date Published12/2011
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsPublic Engagement and Science , Science and Technology Studies
AbstractScholars in science and technology studies (STS) have recently been called upon to advise governments on the design of procedures for public engagement. Any such instrumental function should be carried out consistently with STS's interpretative and normative obligations as a social science discipline. This article shows how this can be accomplished by looking at current US. participatary politics against a 70 year backdrop of tacit constitutional developments in governing science and technology. The author looks at how there has been an enlarged scope of state action as well as public participation with liberalized rules of access and sympathetic judicial review, and how there has been a cutting back on the role of the state, fostering the rise of an academic-industrial complex for technology transfer. The author finishes by explaining why new rules for public engagement in the U.S. needs to take into account these historical developments and seek to counteract some of the anti-democratic tendencies observable in recent decades.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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