How did we ever get into this Mess? The Rise of Ethical Regulation in the Social Sciences

  title={How did we ever get into this Mess? The Rise of Ethical Regulation in the Social Sciences},
  author={Robert Dingwall},
Purpose – To outline the history of ethical regulation in the social sciences and to question the proportionality of its costs and benefits. Methodology/approach – Secondary analysis of primary literature. Findings – Ethical regulation in the social sciences has been driven more by institutional reputation management than human subject protection. It has a range of social and economic costs that have not received adequate critical appraisal. Social implications – Ethical regulation in… 

The role of descriptive ethics in the design of research ethics procedures in the social sciences

This paper examines how the growing field of descriptive ethics (the empirical study of ethical beliefs and behaviours) can inform the design of formal research ethics procedures. While social

Reframing Research Ethics: Towards a Professional Ethics for the Social Sciences

This article is premised on the idea that were we able to articulate a positive vision of the social scientist's professional ethics, this would enable us to reframe social science research ethics as

The formalization of social-science research ethics

In the United States, the “common law,” that regulates ethics review is being overhauled. We ask how UK University Research Ethics Committees (U-RECs), following the American model, have been able to

The Ethical Problems of Reserach : An empirical study of ethics in research practice

Fifty-five Swedish researchers contributed 109 examples of ethical dilemmas, conflicts and problems in research, which point to the importance of researchers’ ethical sensitivity.

Ethical dilemmas in research in relation to ethical review: An empirical study

The aim of the present article is to contribute empirically derived knowledge about Swedish researchers’ experience of ethical problems, conflicts and dilemmas in their research practice in relation

Is research ethics regulation really killing people?

  • D. Hunter
  • Psychology
    The Medical journal of Australia
  • 2015
Critics' methods are flawed because they conflate regulatory delays with those due to genuine normative requirements that would be present even if the regulatory framework was not; and looking at the impact of regulation on a per‐project basis is the wrong metric.

Brief Report: Ethical Problems in Research Practice

  • Gunnel Colnerud
  • Medicine
    Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE
  • 2013
The ethical questions that researchers, themselves, report facing in their everyday practice are reported on for the first time, pointing to the importance of researchers' ethical sensitivity.

Remaking Research Ethics in the Social Sciences: Anthropological Reflections on a Collaborative Process

Abstract This chapter offers an anthropological commentary on the work of the Academy of Social Sciences’ Research Ethics Group and the process through which five generic ethical principles for

Theorizing Research Ethics for the Study of Psychological Phenomena from Within Relational Everyday Life

How to investigate psychologically relevant phenomena in the most ethical ways possible is an enduring question for researchers not only in psychology but also in adjacent fields that study human

Between the accountable and the auditable: Ethics and ethical governance in the social sciences

When teaching ethics to medical students it is commonplace to distinguish between ‘ethics’, ‘law’ and ‘professional guidelines’. We encourage them to think about the difference between what one ought



The ethical case against ethical regulation in humanities and social science research

The system of pre-emptive ethical regulation developed in the biomedical sciences has become a major threat to research in the humanities and the social sciences (HSS). Although there is growing

The Ethical Governance of German Physicians, 1890–1939: Are There Lessons from History?

A simplistic history has been used to justify a simplistic policy, in the elaboration of regulatory instruments associated with a bureaucracy of administration and enforcement that has acquired its own material interests in self-perpetuation and jurisdictional expansion.

Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965–2009

University researchers in the United States seeking to observe, survey, or interview people are required first to complete ethical training courses and to submit their proposals to an institutional

Research Ethics for Social Scientists

`This is an excellent book which can be recommended both to the professional ethicist seeking to situate research ethics for a social scientific audience and to social scientists seeking an overview

The old faith and the new science: the Nuremberg Code and human experimentation ethics in Britain, 1946-73.

  • J. Hazelgrove
  • Medicine
    Social history of medicine : the journal of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
  • 2002
It is shown that, despite British involvement in the formulation of the Nuremberg Code, the experience of war-time and changing career structures were more influential in shaping the approach of investigators to their subjects.

Research Ethics Review and the Sociological Research Relationship

For years, sociologists working in other countries or UK-based medical sociologists have complained about the effects of having to seek approval from a research ethics committee (REC) or its

“A Form of Practical Machinery”: The Origins of Research Ethics Committees in the UK, 1967–1972

While some work has explored the origins of modern medical ethics teaching in the UK and the parallel development of academic bioethics, there has been very little consideration of how Research Ethics Committees specifically were set up and evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research

Although the subject of federally mandated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) has been extensively debated, we actually do not know much about what takes place when they convene. The story of how

Just healthcare beyond individualism: challenges for North American bioethics.

  • S. Benatar
  • Medicine, Political Science
    Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees
  • 1997
There has been widespread support for this approach and this should be intensified.