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Promethean Elites Encounter Precautionary Publics: The Case of GM Foods

Dryzek, John; Goodin, Robert; Tucker, Aviezer; Reber, Bernard


Issues concerning technological risk have increasingly become the subject of deliberative exercises involving participation of ordinary citizens. The most popular topic for deliberation has been genetically modified (GM) foods. Despite the varied circumstances of their establishment, deliberative "minipublics" almost always produce recommendations that reflect a worldview more "precautionary" than the "Promethean" outlook more common among governing elites. There are good structural reasons for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Science, Technology & Human Values
DOI: 10.1177/0162243907310297


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