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By Brice Laurent

In Democratic Experiments, Brice Laurent discusses the demanding situations that rising applied sciences create for democracy at the present time. He specializes in nanotechnology and its attendant difficulties, presenting nanotechnology as a lens in which to appreciate modern democracy in either thought 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 by means of scientists, policymakers, and electorate. it truly is at those websites the place the joint creation of nanotechnology and the democratic order should be saw. concentrating on the U.S., France, and Europe, and diverse foreign enterprises, Laurent analyzes representations of nanotechnology in technology museums, collective discussions in participatory settings, the making of different types similar to "nanomaterials" or dependable innovation" in standardization and regulatory arenas, and tasks undertaken by way of social hobbies. He contrasts American debates, within which the fear for public objectivity is crucial, with the French "state experiment," the ecu target of harmonization, and the foreign crisis with a world industry. In France, public debate proceeded in accordance with public protest and encountered an intensive critique of technological improvement; the U.S. experimented with an leading edge method of know-how overview. the ecu regulatory technique ends up in long debates over political integration; the U.S. depends upon the antagonistic functioning of federal enterprises. simply because nanotechnology is a website the place issues over anticipation and participation are pervasive, Laurent argues, nanotechnology -- and technology and know-how reports extra quite often -- offers a suitable concentration for a renewed research of democracy.

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