Professor Joyce Tait
University of Edinburgh
CARR Visiting Fellow and Special Advisor National Economic Research Associates (NERA)
Date: 20 November 2001
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: CARR Seminar Room, H615
Policy innovations under the heading of 'Modernising Government' at the Scottish, UK and EU levels relate primarily to education, public health and social policy issues. There are few cross-references at any of these three levels to other areas of policy innovation which focus on science, technology and innovation strategies, regional development and environmental regulation. Across this divide, 'joining up' of policy is almost non-existent and there is very little recognition of this omission. And yet, in the context of risk at least, this is the area where there is a particularly urgent need of policy integration.
ideology vs self interest (from the perspectives of stakeholder, individual and group responses)
ideology vs knowledge
ideology vs 'what works' (from the governance perspective)
post-modern vs science-based approaches
pluralism of inputs to decision making (stakeholder involvement) vs top down direction
evidence-based approaches vs plural rationalities
evidence-based approach vs precautionary principle
The seminar will discuss these issues in the context of research on chemical and biotechnology risks and regulation over a number of years and outline some of the challenges they raise for modern governance approaches as they relate to science and technology.