An emerging paradigm of dialogue and participation in Danish S&T policy provides new arenas for public participation in decision making processes concerning biotechnology. Based on survey data this study examines indicators of both spectator and participatory scientific citizenship. While indicators of spectator scientific citizenship show that Danish citizens increasingly acknowledge the importance of biotechnology for their lives, the indicators of participatory scientific citizenship reveal a decreasing inclination to make biotechnology an element of importance in the daily lives of Danish citizens. In order to meet their democratic potential, the new arenas for public participation must be further cultivated.

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Scientific citizenship
Danish citizens and biotechnology

Niels Mejlgaard   University of Aarhus

An emerging paradigm of dialogue and participation in Danish S&T policy provides new arenas for public participation in decision making processes concerning biotechnology. Based on survey data this study examines indicators of both spectator and participatory scientific citizenship. While indicators of spectator scientific citizenship show that Danish citizens increasingly acknowledge the importance of biotechnology for their lives, the indicators of participatory scientific citizenship reveal a decreasing inclination to make biotechnology an element of importance in the daily lives of Danish citizens. In order to meet their democratic potential, the new arenas for public participation must be further cultivated.

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