Technologies of Governance: Science, State and Citizen in Visions of the Bioeconomy

  • Tess Doezema
  • J. Benjamin Hurlbut


This chapter examines visions of the bioeconomy , exploring how these visions construct biotechnological innovation as urgently necessary to guard against a host of global-scale risks, and as reflecting and requiring particular relationships between science , state and citizen. The chapter argues that such visions of the bioeconomy reflect an imaginary of innovation -as-governance wherein technoscience is positioned the primary agent capable of enhancing social wellbeing, with corresponding requirements for the state to facilitate this function. The chapter analyzes bioeconomy strategies published by the United States and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) together with FDA regulation of AquAdvantage Salmon to illustrate how this imaginary informs both political agendas and regulatory practices, including the manner in which public ambivalence to biotechnology is negotiated in these contexts.


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  • Tess Doezema
    • 1
  • J. Benjamin Hurlbut
    • 1
  1. 1.School for the Future of Innovation in Society & School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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