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From consultation to deliberation? a qualitative case study of governing science and technology projects for the public good

Papaioannou, Theo (2012). From consultation to deliberation? a qualitative case study of governing science and technology projects for the public good. Critical Public Health, 22(2) pp. 235–251.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2011.630979
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Abstract

The concept of ‘public consultation’ and the idea of ‘democratic deliberation’ describe different forms of engagement of various citizens and stakeholders in the governance of science and technology projects (STPs). On the one hand, public consultation is concerned with enhancing the quality of decisions through public understanding of a complex STP. On the other hand, democratic deliberation is concerned with taking quality decisions through communicative action and free argumentation between all parties affected. This article focuses on the STP of the UK Biobank, addressing the following question: which form of upstream engagement is required in governing the next phase of the UK Biobank for the public good of health? Drawing on political theory debates and qualitative evidence, it is argued that although ideal democratic governance of the (next phase of) UK Biobank requires transition from public consultation to democratic deliberation the latter faces practical limitations. Thus, deliberative engagement cannot be full in specific STPs for the public good of health.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-3682
Keywords: consultation; deliberation; governance; science and technology; publics
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 30666
Depositing User: Theo Papaioannou
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 12:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30666
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