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By Brice Laurent

In Democratic Experiments, Brice Laurent discusses the demanding situations that rising applied sciences create for democracy this present day. He makes a speciality of nanotechnology and its attendant difficulties, offering nanotechnology as a lens by which to appreciate modern democracy in either concept and perform. Arguing that democracy is at stake the place nanotechnology is outlined as an issue, Laurent examines the websites the place nanotechnology is mentioned and debated via scientists, policymakers, and electorate. it truly is at those websites the place the joint creation of nanotechnology and the democratic order may be saw. targeting the USA, France, and Europe, and diverse foreign enterprises, Laurent analyzes representations of nanotechnology in technological know-how museums, collective discussions in participatory settings, the making of different types equivalent to "nanomaterials" or dependable innovation" in standardization and regulatory arenas, and tasks undertaken by way of social routine. He contrasts American debates, within which the worry for public objectivity is crucial, with the French "state experiment," the ecu target of harmonization, and the overseas quandary with a world marketplace. In France, public debate proceeded according to public protest and encountered an intensive critique of technological improvement; the U.S. experimented with an cutting edge method of expertise evaluate. the eu regulatory method leads to long debates over political integration; the us depends upon the adverse functioning of federal organisations. simply because nanotechnology is a website the place matters over anticipation and participation are pervasive, Laurent argues, nanotechnology -- and technological know-how and expertise stories extra regularly -- offers a suitable concentration for a renewed research of democracy.

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