Parliaments and Technology: The Development of Technology Assessment in Europe
by Norman J Vig;Herbert Paschen HerbertPaschen (9780791443040)

Parliaments and Technology: The Development of Technology Assessment in Europe
 

Norman J Vig;Herbert Paschen HerbertPaschen


Release Date: 10 December 1010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 399
Category: Public Policy
ISBN: 9780791443040
ISBN-10: 0791443043



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.

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