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The Public Nature of Science under Assault

Politics, Markets, Science and the Law

  • ,Helga Nowotny
  • Dominique Pestre
  • Eberhard Schmidt-Aßmann
  • Helmuth Schulze-Fielitz
  • Hans-Heinrich Trute

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About this book

Introduction

Science has development from a self-evident public good to being highly valued in other contexts for different reasons: strengthening the economic competitiveness and, especially in high-tech fields, as a financial investment for future gains. This has been accompanied by a shift from public to private funding with intellectual property rights gaining importance. But in contemporary democracies citizens have also begun to voice their concerns about science and technology related risks, demanding greater participation in decision-making and in the setting of research priorities. The book examines the legal issues and responses vis-à-vis these transformations of the nature of public science. It discusses their normative content as well as the inherent limitations of the law in meeting these challenges.

Keywords

Democratizing scientific expertise Free (open) access to research findings Science and the law Scientific/technological controversies and legal responses The public/private nature of science law science and technology

Authors and affiliations

  • ,Helga Nowotny
    • 1
  • Dominique Pestre
    • 2
  • Eberhard Schmidt-Aßmann
    • 3
  • Helmuth Schulze-Fielitz
    • 4
  • Hans-Heinrich Trute
    • 5
  1. 1.Wissenschaftszentrum WienWienAustria
  2. 2.Centre Alexandre KoyréPavillion Chevreul Museum National d’Historie NaturelleParisFrance
  3. 3.Institut für deutsches und europäisches VerwaltungsrechtRuprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Juristische FakultätJulius-Maximilians-Universität WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  5. 5.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany

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