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Governance and Ethics in Biosciences and Biotechnology
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society.
2008 (English)In: Bioethics, Politics and Business, Köpenhamn: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2008, 55-64 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the decision-making involving biosciences and biotechnology, both politicians and the general public have come to increasingly rely on different kinds of experts and specialised bodies. Interest groups such as industry, religious authorities and consumer organisations also try to influence political decision-making, and the role of the media has not always been - it is claimed - as neutral as the public perceives it to be. At the same time, according to the democratic ideal, ultimate power should rest with the parliamentarians and with the people. Who has the power in decision-making in biotechnology? Can there be legitimate expertise in bioethics? How can we improve the power balance? These are some of the questions this book seeks to answer.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part presents articles dealing with the role of biopolitics and the expert bodies in relation to the democratic ideal. The second part looks at the special role of the media in relation to decision-making in bioethics and biopolitics. The third part of the book looks at the links between the biotechnology industry and bioethical decision-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Köpenhamn: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2008. 55-64 p.
, TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 570
Keyword [en]
ethics, biotechnology
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43771Local ID: 74763ISBN: 978-92-893-1728-3OAI: diva2:264631
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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