Beyond Technocracy

Science, Politics and Citizens

Authors: bucchi, massimiano

  • Explores the widely-debated theme of science and democracy by synthesizing a broad range of public controversies from the U.S. and Europe, including genetically modified food, nuclear development, and stem cell research
  • Offers an original yet accessible overview of issues raised by the current relationship among scientists, policymakers, and the public, with potential appeal to lay readers
  • Addresses the question of how to move beyond technocracy to a more fruitful collaboration between scientists and citizens
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Nuclear energy, stem cell technology, GMOs: the more science advances, the more society seems to resist. But are we really watching a death struggle between opposing forces, as so many would have it? Can today’s complex technical policy decisions coincide with the needs of a participatory democracy? Are the two sides even equipped to talk to each other?

Beyond Technocracy: Science, Politics and Citizens answers these questions with clarity and vision. Drawing upon a broad range of data and events from the United States and Europe, and noting the blurring of the expert/lay divide in the knowledge base, the book argues that these conflicts should not be dismissed as episodic, or the outbursts of irrationality and ignorance, but recognized as a critical opportunity to discuss the future in which we want to live. Massimiano Bucchi’s analysis covers the complex realities of post-academic science as he:

  • Explores the widely debated theme of science and democracy across a broad range of technological controversies.
  • Overviews issues raised by the current relationship among scientists, policymakers, business interests, and the public.

  • Dispels stereotypes of the detached scientific community versus the uninformed general public.
  • Examines the role of the media in framing scientific debate.
  • Addresses the question of how to move beyond technocracy to a more fruitful collaboration between scientists and citizens.
  • Offers a bold vision for a future in which the scientific and public spheres regard each other as partners working toward a shared purpose.

Beyond Technocracy: Science, Politics and Citizens has great value as a postgraduate text for courses in technology and society, political science, and science policy. It will also find an interested audience among scientists, policymakers, managers in the technological sector, and concerned lay readers.

Praise for Beyond Technocracy

"Bucchi provides a clear, rigorous and accessible discussion – often enriched by a subtle irony – of complex and ambiguous issues, showing that science and innovation are not neutral terrains, but rather among the key conflictual contexts in which contemporary social and political changes take place."

-Italian Review of Sociology

"In his brilliant new book, Beyond Technocracy: Science, Politics and Citizens, Massimiano Bucchi opens for the reader the Pandora’s box of the complex relationship between scientists and citizens in contemporary, democratic societies...Based on a wealth of empirical evidence and case studies, the book is extremely accessible and well written, making it an ideal introduction to the issues. I would highly recommend it to specialists and non-specialists alike!"

-Professor Roberto Franzosi, Emory University


"A dense but accessible book...Bucchi acutely describes the shortcomings of the technocratic and ethical responses to the contemporary dilemmas of science and technology."

-Italian Edition of the New York Review of Books

 

About the authors

Massimiano Bucchi (Ph.D. Social and Political Science, European University Institute, 1997) is Associate Professor of Sociology of Science at the University of Trento, Italy. He has published five books, including Science and the media (London and New York, Routledge, 1998) and Science in society. An Introduction to Social Studies of Science (London and New York, Routledge, 2004) and several essays in international journals such as Nature, Science, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, New Genetics and Society, and Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee for Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), and has served as advisor and evaluator for several research and policy bodies, including the Royal Society, US National Science Foundation and the European Commission. He has carried out research and given seminars at several international institutions, such as the Royal Society, Universität Bielefeld, ETH Zurich, London School of Economics, University of California Berkeley, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, University of Tokyo, Museu da Vida Rio de Janeiro, Austrian Academy of the Sciences and received several recognitions for his work, including the Mullins Prize awarded by the Society for Social Studies of Science (1997) and the Lelli prize for the best dissertation in sociology (1998).

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • The Technocratic Response: All Power to the Experts

    Bucchi, Massimiano (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Einstein Has Left the Building: Coming to Terms with Post-academic Science

    Bucchi, Massimiano (et al.)

    Pages 25-47

  • Citizens Enter the Laboratory Whilst Scientists Take to the Streets

    Bucchi, Massimiano (et al.)

    Pages 49-72

  • Beyond Technocracy: Democracy in the Age of Technoscience

    Bucchi, Massimiano (et al.)

    Pages 73-96

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-89522-2
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-89521-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2800-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Technocracy
Book Subtitle
Science, Politics and Citizens
Authors
Translated by
Belton, A.
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-89522-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-89522-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-89521-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2800-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 110
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