The Governance of Knowledge

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Social surveillance and regulation of knowledge will be one of the most important issues in the near future, one that will give rise to unending controversy. In The Governance of Knowledge, Nico Stehr predicts that such concerns will create a new political field, namely, knowledge policy, which will entail regulating dissemination of the anticipated results of rapidly increasing knowledge.

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Overview

Social surveillance and regulation of knowledge will be one of the most important issues in the near future, one that will give rise to unending controversy. In The Governance of Knowledge, Nico Stehr predicts that such concerns will create a new political field, namely, knowledge policy, which will entail regulating dissemination of the anticipated results of rapidly increasing knowledge.

The number and range of institutionalized standards for monitoring new knowledge has hitherto been relatively small. Only in cases of technological applications has social control, in the form of political regulation, so far intervened. All modern societies today have complex regulations and extensive concerns with the registration, licensing, testing, and monitoring of pharmaceutical products. The increasingly important and extensive area of intellectual property legislation and administration is an example of social control in which certain measures selectively determine the use of scientific finds and technical knowledge.

The Governance of Knowledge assembles a range of essays that attempt to explore the new field of knowledge politics for the first time. It is divided into four parts: The Emergence of Knowledge Politics: Origins, Context, and Consequences; Major Social Institutions and Knowledge Politics; Case Studies on the Governance of Knowledge; and Issues in Knowledge Politics as a New Political Field. Individual chapters concern the emergence of knowledge policy, the embeddedness of such regulations in major social institutions, offer case studies and discuss controversial issues that are bound to accompany efforts to regulate new knowledge.

Professionals and graduate students in the fields of scoiology, political science, social science, and law, including policymakers and natural scientists, will find this book extremely informative.

Nico Stehr is Paul-Lazarsfeld Professor at the Universitt Wien, Austria. His research interests center on the transformation of modern societies into knowledge societies, the interrelation between climate and society, the history of the social sciences, and the uses of social and natural science knowledge. Among his recent books are Werner Sombart: Economic Life in the Modern Agewith Reiner Grundmann), published by Transaction, and Knowledge and Economics Conduct.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780765801722
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/16/2003
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, and a fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Essen, Germany. During the academic year 2002-2003 he was Paul F. Lazarsfeld Professor at the University of Vienna. Stehr is also a professor emeritus of the University of Alberta. His research interests include sociology, economics and labor, globalization, and ecology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: A World Made of Knowledge
Pt. I The Emergence of Knowledge Politics: Origins, Context and Consequences
Introduction 3
1 Knowledge Policy as the Task of Science: On Ethically Relevant Knowledge of Nature 9
2 Traditional Knowledge in Modern Society 27
3 In Search of Vehicles for Knowledge Governance: On the Need for Institutions that Creatively Destroy Social Capital 41
Pt. II Major Social Institutions and Knowledge Politics
Introduction 79
4 The Rising Relevance of Non-Explicit Knowledge under a New Regime of Knowledge Production 85
5 Policing Society: Genetics, Robotics, Nanotechnology 103
6 The New Human Zoo 117
Pt. III Case Studies on the Governance of Knowledge: The Ineffective Governance of Science
Introduction 133
7 Feedback Loops in the Politics of Knowledge Production 139
8 BSE and the Phillips Report: A Cautionary Tale about the Uptake of 'Risk' 161
9 Subjects of Knowledge: Epistemologies of the Consumer in the GM Food Debate 187
Pt. IV Issues in Knowledge Politics as a New Political Field
Introduction 207
10 The Use of Knowledge in the Legal System: The Relationship Between Scientific Expertise and Legal Decisions 211
11 The Innovation Commons 227
12 Quasi-Science and the State: "Governing Science" in Comparative Perspective 241
Concluding Observations: Free Flow of Information or Embedded Expertise? Notes on the Regulation of Knowledge 269
Contributors 287
Index 293
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