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Social values and the governance of science

Gaskell, George and Einsiedel, Edna and Hallman, William and Priest, Susanna Hornig and Jackson, Jonathan and Olsthoorn, Johannus (2005) Social values and the governance of science. Science, 310 (5756). pp. 1908-1909. ISSN 0036-8075

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Identification Number: 10.1126/science.1119444


In recognition of the tensions between science and society and as research increasingly enters value-laden areas, proposals have been made for scientists to engage with other communities on the ethical, legal, and social implications of science and technology and for the "public voice" to be brought into the formative stages of decision-making. Such measures, it is argued, should result in socially viable paths for scientific innovation. As a contribution to this debate, we present findings from representative and comparable social surveys in the United States, Canada, and the European Union on who the public thinks should make decisions on science policy and what criteria should guide such decisions. We then investigate how positions on science policy relate to people's opinions about the utility and regulation of technological innovation.

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Additional Information: © 2005 AAAS
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Methodology
Research centres and groups > BIOS (Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2008 15:11
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 11:18

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