Changing Contexts for Mediating Public Concern in the Assessment of Biotechnoscience (COMPASS)
Modern science and technology, and, perhaps especially the new genetic technologies, raise major challenges for the Nordic countries and their systems of governance and social welfare. In particular, the ongoing commercialization of the genetic technologies, especially in relation to food production, has brought about an active involvement of the “public” in the setting of priorities, the implementation of programs and, not least, in the broader socio-economic assessment of the new technoscientific applications. New technologies are, when it comes to their societal applications, too risky to be left to scientists alone. In many cases, a new brokerage system seems to be arising as ethical committees, green councils, technology assessment agencies, consumers etc. are called upon to translate scientific/technological issues into ethical and political standpoints. The aim of the project is to examine and analyse the various forms of public participation to and governing of politics of genetic technologies in Nordic countries.
Five case studies
conducted at the Nordic countries form the empirical basis of the project:
COMPASS is a Nordic research project that has members from Denmark,
Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project has received funding from NOS-S
to the years 2002-2004.
COMPASS is a Nordic research project that has members from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project has received funding from NOS-S to the years 2002-2004.