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Technology and

public participation
Brian Martin, editor

Science and Technology Studies

University of Wollongong

1999


First published

1999


by

Science and Technology Studies

University of Wollongong

NSW 2522, Australia


ISBN 0 86418 559 6

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Technology and Public Participation
Today’s complex society is increasingly intermeshed with technology, from factories to consumer products and from genetically engineered products to telecommunications. This raises all sorts of questions for a democratic society. Should members of the public be involved in decisions about develop­ment and use of technologies? If so, how? Are technologies enhancing or diminishing public participation? What is happening and what should be happening? What forms of participation have been tried? What could be tried? These issues need continual attention.

Technology and Public Participation provides a set of case studies and perspectives on the general theme of technology and participation. They cover a variety of topics, including project planning, space exploration, the competence of juries to deal with complex scientific issues and the role of the telephone in local government. They also cover a variety of perspectives and themes, from the issue of policy for innovation to concerns about psychiatry, human rights and development. They span decision-making arenas both internal to civil society and external to it in local and national governments, and beyond to global governing bodies such as the World Bank and international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty. They extend across the spectrum from children to farmers, juries and policy makers through to international non-governmental organisations and beyond to space explorers.

ISBN 0 86418 559 6




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