Parliaments and Technology: The Development of Technology Assessment in Europe

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Norman J. Vig, Herbert Paschen
SUNY Press, 2000 - Political Science - 399 pages
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Parliaments and Technology explores an issue critically important to the practice of democracy everywhere: How do citizens and elected officials assess the opportunities and costs of new technologies that may profoundly impact their societies’ future? For example, what are the social and moral implications of gene patents, reproductive technology, cloning and genetic engineering or of virtually unlimited access to information? Technology assessment has become one of the most important methodologies for aiding legislatures in analyzing and deliberating such questions.

The first comparative analysis of the development and practice of parliamentary technology assessment in different national settings, this book explains the origins, methods, and impacts in five European countries—Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands—and the European Parliament. It also provides a theoretical framework for comparing the institutionalization of new functions in different parliamentary systems and the influence of national political cultures on the conceptualization and operation of these new agencies.

Contributors include Josée van Eijndhoven, John Grin, Dick Holdsworth, Rob Hoppe, Simon Jos, Lars Klüver, Todd M. La Porte, Maurice Laurent, Michael Norton, Herbert Paschen, Thomas Petermann, and Norman J. Vig.
  

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Contents

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
3
2 TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT UNITS IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEMS
37
3 ORIGINS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE UK PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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4 THE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT BUREAU OF THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT
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OFFICE PARLEMENTAIRE DEVALUATION DES CHOIX SCIENTIFIQUES ET TECHNOLOGIQUES
125
TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT FROM ACADEMICALLY ORIENTED ANALYSES TO SUPPORT OF PUBLIC DEBATE
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7 THE DANISH BOARD OF TECHNOLOGY
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8 PARLIAMENTARY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT BY STOA AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
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THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY AND PARLIAMENTARY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
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A CULTURALIST COMPARISON
273
FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
325
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT EXPERIENCE
365
Contributors
385
Internet Addresses
389
Index
391
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Norman J. Vig is Professor of Political Science and the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Carleton College. He is coauthor or coeditor of several books including Technology and Politics, Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century, and The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy.

Herbert Paschen is Acting Director of the Technology Assessment Bureau of the German Parliament and former Director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at the Research Center in Karlsruhe.

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