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Impact of Citizen Participation on Decision-Making in a Knowledge Intensive Policy Field

Objective

"Citizens, policy makers and social scientists often call for citizen participation for reasons of democratic legitimacy and effectiveness. An important field in which this has been claimed vigorously is science and technology policy. Thus, many countries witnessed the introduction of Participatory Technology Assessment (PTA). The ""litmus test"" of PTA, and of citizen participation, is their impact on policy-making. But can PTA keep its promises and increase the influence of citizens' voices on decision-making? What in actual fact is the impact of PTA on decision-making? How can we increase it? In order to answer these questions the project ""Impact of Citizen Participation on Decision Making in a Knowledge Intensive Policy Field"" (CIT-PART) will study comparatively the impact of PTA and TA on policy-making in 7 member- and a non-member country, the Commission, the OECD and the Holy See. From that we will draw conclusions about the potential impact of institutionalised citizen participation on EU level. We will exemplify our questions through the reactions of various political systems to the challenge of xenotransplantation (XTP), which stands for the transplantation of animal organs, tissues or cells into humans. XTP is highly controversial: Its advocates perceive it as promising since it could help to remedy the shortage of human transplants. Its opponents insist that it involves too many risks - most prominently infection risks - and ethical questions. Adopting a theoretical approach of “social practices” we assume that the impact of citizen participation on decision-making is not only dependent on the quality of the PTA process itself but on practices of policy makers in which PTA is embedded in. Following from our theoretical approach we will apply qualitative methods of empirical research. The team involves researchers from anthropology, communication studies, political science, public law, social psychology and sociology."

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR HOHERE STUDIEN - INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Address
Josefstadter Strasse 39
1080 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 388 016,61
Administrative Contact
Erich Griessler (Dr.)

Participants (7)

University of Calgary
Canada
EU contribution
€ 85 837,52
Address
University Drive Nw 2500
T2N 1N4 Calgary Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Glenn Mcmurray (Mr.)
COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 108 716
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Janus Hansen (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 47 646,79
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvano Focardi (Prof.)
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 37 770
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aivita Putnina (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 109 867
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Komen (Ms.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 98 359,43
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Lundin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 786,65
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Barber (Mr.)