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Author Callon, Michel.

Title Acting in an uncertain world : an essay on technical democracy / Michel Callon, Pierre Lascoumes, Yannick Barthe ; translated by Graham Burchell.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  321.8 CALL    DUE 18-12-19
Uniform title Agir dans un monde incertain. English
Physical description 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Inside technology.
Inside technology.
Contents 1. Hybrid Forums -- 2. Secluded Research -- 3. There's Always Someone More Specialist -- 4. In Search of a Common World -- 5. The Organization of Hybrid Forums -- 6. Measured Action, or How to Decide without Making a Definitive Decision -- 7. The Democratization of Democracy.
Notes Originally published in French as: Agir dans un monde incertain.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-277) and index.
Summary "Controversies over such issues as nuclear waste, genetically modified organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene therapy, avian flu, and cell phone towers arise almost daily as rapid scientific and technological advances create uncertainty and bring about unforeseen concerns. The authors of Acting in an Uncertain World argue that political institutions must be expanded and improved to manage these controversies, to transform them into productive conversations, and to bring about "technical democracy." They show how "hybrid forums" - in which experts, non-experts, ordinary citizens, and politicians come together - reveal the limits of traditional delegative democracies, in which decisions are made by quasi-professional politicians and techno-scientific information is the domain of specialists in laboratories. The division between professionals and laypeople, the authors claim, is simply outmoded."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Lascoumes, Pierre, 1948-
Barthe, Yannick.
Subject Democracy.
Political leadership.
Technology -- Political aspects.
Science -- Political aspects.
ISBN 9780262033824 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0262033828 (hardcover : alk. paper)