Science and Technology: Politicians and the Public

Grace Skogstad

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
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Science and Technology: Politicians and the Public

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This article discusses the politics of the regulation of biotechnology in the life sciences and health care in Canada. Biotechnology is one of the four areas of science and technology that is identified by the Canadian government as a priority. The first section of this article discusses the two constitutive elements of regulatory political cultures in relation to novel technologies: ideas and institutional practices on how collective knowledge of the risk and benefits of novel technology is produced and validated; and the formal and informal methods of ensuring accountability and legitimacy in the decision making with respect to technology. The second section explores Canada's regulatory political culture and politics. It discusses the Canadian political culture of deference to science and technology. The third and last section examines the politics of the regulation of biotechnology in the nation as illustrated by genetically modified crops and the assisted productive technologies.

Keywords: politics; regulation of biotechnology; biotechnology; science and technology; regulatory political cultures; culture of deference; politics of regulation

Article.  7951 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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