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Where are the politics in responsible innovation? European governance, technology assessments, and beyond
Van Oudheusden, Michiel
2014In Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1 (1), p. 67-86
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Keywords :
Innovation; Responsibility; Technology Assessment
Abstract :
[en] Responsible innovation (RI) is founded on the idea that present modes of innovating with science and technology fail because they insufficiently take into account societal needs and values. Hence, proponents of RI solicit society's opinions in an attempt to render science and technology developments, institutions, and policies more socially responsive. This article asks how the RI concept is taken up and elaborated, based on accounts developed on the EU policy level and on a Flemish, technology assessment level. It finds that, notwithstanding important differences between these two deliberative frameworks, neither one leaves much room for politics, understood as the constitution and contestation of power. Rather, these frameworks largely ignore questions about the politics in and of deliberation, the authoritative allocation of values, and the institutional uptake of deliberative engagements. The article's aim is to provide constructive criticism of the RI paradigm by rendering these political issues explicit and proposing ways of taking them into account.
Research center :
Spiral
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Language :
English
Title :
Where are the politics in responsible innovation? European governance, technology assessments, and beyond
Publication date :
January 2014
Journal title :
Journal of Responsible Innovation
ISSN :
2329-9460
eISSN :
2329-9037
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom
Volume :
1
Issue :
1
Pages :
67-86
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
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