Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
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Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance

Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar

Democratic innovations are proliferating in politics, governance, policy, and public administration. These new processes of public participation are reimagining the relationship between citizens and institutions. This Handbook advances understanding of democratic innovations, in theory and practice, by critically reviewing their importance throughout the world. The overarching themes are a focus on citizens and their relationship to these innovations, and the resulting effects on political equality. The Handbook therefore offers a definitive overview of existing research on democratic innovations, while also setting the agenda for future research and practice.
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Chapter 20: Democratic innovation in science and technology

Sarah R. Davies

Abstract

Recent years have seen intense interest in mechanisms to democratise science and scientific decision-making. This chapter reviews these developments. It first outlines the histories of democratic innovations in science and technology; second describes key methods and formats that have been used; third summarises key themes in research on these mechanisms; and finally sketches emergent trends. By tracing the development and articulation of democratic innovations in science and technology, it shows that these moves have been framed by an emphasis on deliberation (and specifically public deliberation) above other modes of participation.

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