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This book is the result of an international meeting that took place in June 1995 at the Science Museum in London. Participants from 13 mostly European countries met to discuss the consensus conference, a model for public participation in scientific and technological debate. In essence, consensus conferences and other similarly participatory initiatives raise fundamental questions about the relationship between scientists, policy makers and the general public, about the relationship between representative and participatory structures within democratic cultures, and ultimate about the nature of democracy itself. This book does not pretend to resolve these fundamental questions; but it does provide the most detailed exploration to date of the consensus conference model of public participation in science by bringing together the experiences of consensus conference organisers, participants and evaluators.

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Authors: JOSS S, Science Museum, London (GB);DURANT J (EDITORS), Science Museum, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1995) 144pp.
Availability: Available from Mr John Durant, The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2 DD (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 0-901805-85-8
Record Number: 199630025 / Last updated on: 1996-05-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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