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Making technology accountable: citizens' conferences in the era of public accountability

Joss, Simon (2009) Making technology accountable: citizens' conferences in the era of public accountability. Diacritica, 23 (2). pp. 299-316. ISSN 0870-8967

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Abstract

Over the last thirty years or so, various forms of citizens’ conferences have been increasingly used to assess science and technology (policy) across diverse national and institutional contexts. This article discusses citizens’ conferences, against the background of a widely perceived ‘democratic deficit’ in contemporary science and technology governance, as an institutional response to demands for greater public accountability. It analyses the various methodological, organisational, and institutional factors conditioning, and frequently limiting, citizens’ conferences as public accountability mechanism both conceptually and in practice. Following from this, it argues for further methodological innovation, in order to address and overcome the temporary, event-based nature of citizens’ conferences, as a way of consolidating institutional efforts to render science and technology more publicly accountable.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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