The future of science governance:Publics, policies, practices

Macnaghten, Phil and Chilvers, Jason (2014) The future of science governance:Publics, policies, practices. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32 (3). pp. 530-548. ISSN 0263-774X

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Abstract

In this paper we develop new insights on science governance at a time when an emphasis on public engagement in responding to questions of trust in science is giving way to a more systemic and networked perspective. In a meta-analysis across seventeen UK public dialogue processes we identify five spheres of public concern about the governance of science and technology relating to: the purposes of science; trust; inclusion; speed and direction of innovation; and equity. Forty in-depth interviews with senior UK sciencepolicy actors reveal highly partial institutional responses to these concerns and help explain the underlying processes that close down, and at times open up, reflection and response on public values. Finally, we consider the implications of this analysis for the future of science governance, prospects for more anticipatory, reflexive, and inclusive forms of governing, and the roles for critical social science inquiry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: science governance,public dialogue,public concerns,models of engagement,institutional responses,reflexivity
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 12:42
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52048
DOI: 10.1068/c1245j

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