Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada

Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada

by Francesca Scala


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Are assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) a medical issue or a matter of public policy, subject to restrictions? Francesca Scala employs the concept of boundary work to explain the protracted debates that ensued when Canada appointed a royal commission in 1989 to settle the issue. She reveals that both sides of the debate attempted to secure their position as authorities by challenging, defending, or blurring the boundaries between science and politics. This compelling account contributes to our understanding of the interaction between science and politics, the exercise of social control over science and technology, and the politics of expertise in policy making.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774860109
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francesca Scala is associate professor of public policy in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Politics, Science, and ARTs Policy in Canada 3

2 Normalizing and Resisting Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives 18

3 Claiming and Contesting Epistemic Authority: The Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies 42

4 Science and the Public Weigh In: The Discursive Terrain of ARTs Policy Making 78

5 "Proceed with Care": (Re)negotiating the Science/Politics Divide 103

6 Setting Boundaries and Crafting ARTs Legislation 124

7 Science, Boundary Work, and Parliamentary Politics: The Passing of Bill C-6 155

8 Understanding Boundary Work and ARTs Policy in Canada 189

Notes 202

References 213

Index 230

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