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De- and Re-Institutionalizing Technology Assessment in Contemporary Knowledge-Based Economies
Delvenne, Pierre; Charlier, Nathan; Rosskamp, Benedikt et al.
2015In Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis (TATuP), 24 (1), p. 25-32
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Keywords :
Technology Assessment; Institutionalization; Knowledge-Base Economy; Wallonia; Flanders; Belgium
Abstract :
[en] This article illuminates the potential role of technology assessment (TA) in knowl- edge-driven science, technology and inno- vation (STI) regimes by providing a compar- ative review of Flemish and Walloon TA. It draws critical attention to the ways in which TA actors and institutes in Flanders and Wal- lonia position themselves, or are positioned, in relation to dominant innovation policies and large-scale political transformations, notably the convergence of STI around the knowledge-based economy (KBE) and the regionalization of STI policy in Belgium. The article’s findings shed light on the Flemish government’s recent decision to close its parliamentary TA institute and the institution- al expansion of TA in Wallonia and elsewhere in Europe. It argues that TA has politics, as TA in Flanders and Wallonia aligns with the advent of strategic science and is also affil- iated to specific political parties. As these considerations run counter to the dominant representation of TA as a neutral governance tool that serves the needs of all STI decision makers, they draw into question the viability and utility of TA within contemporary KBEs.
Research center :
SPIRAL - STS
Disciplines :
Regional & inter-regional studies
Political science, public administration & international relations
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Delvenne, Pierre  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société
Charlier, Nathan ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Rosskamp, Benedikt ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Language :
English
Title :
De- and Re-Institutionalizing Technology Assessment in Contemporary Knowledge-Based Economies
Alternative titles :
[en] A Side-by-Side Review of Flemish and Walloon Technology Assessment
Publication date :
February 2015
Journal title :
Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis (TATuP)
ISSN :
1619-7623
eISSN :
2199-9201
Publisher :
KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
ITAS, Karlsruhe, Germany
Special issue title :
TA as an Institutionalized Practice – Recent National Developments and Challenges
Volume :
24
Issue :
1
Pages :
25-32
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
PACITA, TASTI
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