"Hot Nanotechnology Papers": Governing Nanotechnology in a Multistakeholder World

Title of the paper: Governing Nanotechnology in a Multistakeholder World

Authors: Ineke Malsch

University/Institute: Malsch TechnoValuation, www.malsch.demon.nl


This article contributes to the debate on governance of emerging technologies, focusing in particular on the international level and taking into account the fact that these technologies are developed through a common effort of different stakeholders including governments, research communities, industry and civil society actors. These issues are explored from the perspective of communitarian ethical criticism of liberal social contract thinking, in order to enhance visibility of the influence collective non-state actors exercise on the development of these technologies. In particular, the effect of different values in the discussion on emerging technologies on the perceived governance options is explored. A paradigm shift from defensive values such as security, risk and human rights to more optimistic values like peace, justice and integrity of creation is proposed and discussed.

Links to the paper (link to the journal webpage): http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11569-012-0163-1

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