Evaluating the 'Ethical Matrix' as a radioactive waste management deliberative decision-support tool

Cotton, Matthew (2009) Evaluating the 'Ethical Matrix' as a radioactive waste management deliberative decision-support tool. Environmental Values, 18 (2). pp. 153-176. ISSN 1752-7015

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Abstract

UK radioactive waste management policy making is currently taking place within a participatory and analytic-deliberative decision-making framework; one that seeks to integrate public and stakeholder values and perspectives with scientific and technical expertise. One important aspect of this socio-technical reframing of the radioactive waste problem is an explicit recognition that legitimate and defensible policy making must take into account important ethical issues if it is to be a success. Thus, there is a need for tools to incorporate adequate assessment of ethical issues in a way that is compatible with this approach. The 'ethical matrix' is one such tool used recently to address a range of agricultural and natural resource issues that shows promise for this field. This paper assesses the strengths and limitations of the matrix and outlines a framework for the development of alternative tools to better satisfy the needs of ethical assessment in radioactive waste management decision-making processes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Snow
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 11:56
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/24574
DOI: 10.3197/096327109X438044

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