Article ID: CBB505305997

From Deliberation to Production: Public Participation in Science and Technology Policies of the European Commission (1998–2019) (2020)


This article investigates how a discourse about the role and value of public participation in science, technology, and innovation emerged and evolved in the research policies of the European Commission. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, two main discourses have been successively institutionalized: the first focused on participation in policy-making, while the second aimed at participation in the production of knowledge and innovation. This paper distinguishes three main institutional phases: (i) a phase dedicated to public participation in the governance of science and technology (2000–2010); (ii) a reframing period of science and technology policies by the Commission to integrate the growing emphasis on innovation (2010–2014); (iii) a period focusing on co-creation and citizen science as new ways to involve the public in science and technology (2014-today). Factors such as individual commitments of key policy actors, specific epistemic communities and institutional dynamics within the Commission played a crucial role in shaping the policies of participation. But broader factors are also essential to account for these changes. In this respect, the economic crisis of the late 2000s appears fundamental to understanding how the conception and promotion of public participation in the European science and technology policies have evolved over time. This paper thus offers new insights to the analysis of the political economy of public participation.

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Authors & Contributors
Quiroga, Juan Martín
Alexander Bogner
Aristimuño, Francisco
Papay, Lawrence T.
Anja Bauer
Aguiar, Diego
Public Understanding of Science
Social Studies of Science
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Science Technology and Society
Science in Context
Science as Culture
MIT Press
Editorial UNRN
Arkiv Academic Press
Oxford University Press
Science and politics
Public policy
Technology and politics
Public understanding of science
Science and society
Science and government
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
European Union
United States
South Korea
Queensland (Australia)
European Spallation Source (ESS)

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