Governmental Bioethics between the Technological Model and Reflexive Government

Kathrin Braun (Korresp. Autor*in), Alfred Moore, Svea L. Herrmann, Sabine Könninger

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The article examines the emergence of governmental bioethics in Great Britain,
France and Germany, i.e. bodies, discourses and procedures meant to guide policymaking in terms of ethical considerations. It argues that governmental bioethics, marked by openness, transparency and participation, can be understood as a form of reflexive government in the realm of science governance. It grew out of the problematization of older forms of science governance based on ideas of effectiveness, scientific expertise and system stability, and operates through structuring and managing proper talk rather than intervening in processes of techno-scientific development. Yet, rather than challenging the commitment to techno-scientific ‘progress’, it stabilizes it through mechanisms of inclusion, involvement and mobilization: within the framework of proper ethical talk, participation can be employed to pursue rather than oppose system stability
Seiten (von - bis)510-533
FachzeitschriftEconomy and Society
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2010

ÖFOS 2012

  • 506010 Politikfeldanalyse
  • 509017 Wissenschaftsforschung