Dilemmas of public participation in science policy

  title={Dilemmas of public participation in science policy},
  author={Gene Rowe and Richard Watermeyer},
  journal={Policy Studies},
  pages={204 - 221}
ABSTRACT Public participation is ubiquitous in many contemporary democratic societies – used for many purposes, and in many contexts, with particular and growing relevance for policy-making on science and technology issues. However, there is a dearth of evidence as to its qualities and benefits. We contend that the implementation and interpretation of participation faces a number of dilemmas that – together –undermine its successful adoption. In this paper, we identify and discuss six specific… 

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