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Transparency and Accountability in Science and Politics

The Awareness Principle

Transparency and Accountability in Science and Politics by Kjell Andersson
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Andersson challenges the role of scientists and expertise in policy making as well as the idea of deliberative democracy. The integrity of science, politics and journalism is dissolving - market conditions are in play and as a result we have a market democracy. Andersson finds evidence of this in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnologies, radioactive waste management and global warming. Furthermore, branches of journalism are explored and found not to meet reasonable demands for transparency. The idea of public participation in decision-making, havingĀ  been launched as a way to restore trust, hasĀ  become just another area in the market where different processes of participation are being launched and promoted. Instead, Andersson proposes an awareness principle as an integral part of the representative political system. He then suggests a practical framework for the creation of arenas that can set the principle into practice. This is done with a unique holistic approach integrating the societal problems of technologies with models of democracy, 'science and society' and journalism.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2008
272 pages; ISBN 9780230227767
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Title: Transparency and Accountability in Science and Politics
Author: Kjell Andersson
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