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Against the ethicists: on the evils of ethical regulation

Hammersley, Martyn (2009). Against the ethicists: on the evils of ethical regulation. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(3) pp. 211–225.

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Ethical regulation of social research has increased considerably in the UK in the past few years, not least as a result of the ESRC's Research Ethics Framework. This article questions whether ethics committees are capable of making sound judgments about the ethics of what is proposed and practised in particular research projects. In addition, the legitimacy of such regulation is questioned, on ethical grounds. Finally, it is argued that increased regulation will not raise the 'ethical standard' of social science and will probably worsen the quality of what it produces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-5300
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17157
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2009 09:23
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 19:32
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