Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States

Sheila Jasanoff


Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States

Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States

  • Title: Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States
  • Author: Sheila Jasanoff
  • ISBN: 9780691130422
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback



Biology and politics have converged today across much of the industrialized world Debates about genetically modified organisms, cloning, stem cells, animal patenting, and new reproductive technologies crowd media headlines and policy agendas Less noticed, but no less important, are the rifts that have appeared among leading Western nations about the right way to govern iBiology and politics have converged today across much of the industrialized world Debates about genetically modified organisms, cloning, stem cells, animal patenting, and new reproductive technologies crowd media headlines and policy agendas Less noticed, but no less important, are the rifts that have appeared among leading Western nations about the right way to govern innovation in genetics and biotechnology These significant differences in law and policy, and in ethical analysis, may in a globalizing world act as obstacles to free trade, scientific inquiry, and shared understandings of human dignity In this magisterial look at some twenty five years of scientific and social development, Sheila Jasanoff compares the politics and policy of the life sciences in Britain, Germany, the United States, and in the European Union as a whole She shows how public and private actors in each setting evaluated new manifestations of biotechnology and tried to reassure themselves about their safety Three main themes emerge First, core concepts of democratic theory, such as citizenship, deliberation, and accountability, cannot be understood satisfactorily without taking on board the politics of science and technology Second, in all three countries, policies for the life sciences have been incorporated into nation building projects that seek to reimagine what the nation stands for Third, political culture influences democratic politics, and it works through the institutionalized ways in which citizens understand and evaluate public knowledge These three aspects of contemporary politics, Jasanoff argues, help account not only for policy divergences but also for the perceived legitimacy of state actions.


Recent Comments "Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States"

While it's a fantastic book on the comparative politics of biotechnology, its overreliance on social constructivism and co-production of knowledge limits its comprehensiveness and downplays the role of competing national coalitions.

well, read it through. my professor pointed it out to me. I still want to write an essay on toilets, inspired by it.


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