Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy

Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy

by Michel Callon, Pierre Lascoumes, Yannick Barthe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262033828

ISBN-13: 9780262033824

Pub. Date: 01/09/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

Controversies over such issues as nuclear waste, genetically modified organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene therapy, avian flu, and cell phone towers arise almost daily as rapid scientific and technological advances create uncertainty and bring about unforeseen concerns. The authors of Acting in an Uncertain World argue that political institutions must be expanded and…  See more details below

Overview

Controversies over such issues as nuclear waste, genetically modified organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene therapy, avian flu, and cell phone towers arise almost daily as rapid scientific and technological advances create uncertainty and bring about unforeseen concerns. The authors of Acting in an Uncertain World argue that political institutions must be expanded and improved to manage these controversies, to transform them into productive conversations, and to bring about "technical democracy." They show how "hybrid forums" - in which experts, non-experts, ordinary citizens, and politicians come together - reveal the limits of traditional delegative democracies, in which decisions are made by quasi-professional politicians and techno-scientific information is the domain of specialists in laboratories. The division between professionals and laypeople, the authors claim, is simply outmoded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262033824
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/09/2009
Series:
Inside Technology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Hybrid Forums 13

2 Secluded Research 37

3 There's Always Someone More Specialist 71

4 In Search of a Common World 107

5 The Organization of Hybrid Forums 153

6 Measured Action, or How to Decide without Making a Definitive Decision 191

7 The Democratization of Democracy 225

Epilogue 255

Notes 267

Index 279

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