Part 1: Indicate aim of research: to describe and evaluate the role of Consensus Conferences in Information Technology policy-making through the application of the "translation" model invented by French Sociologists, Bruno Latour and Michel Callon, and followers - already applied in a number of different fields of policy making (industry, HIV/AIDS< transport).
 
Part 2: Will describe the origins and evolution of the notion, practice and processes of Consensus Conferences: where, when, how, why they appeared; how many areas they have covered; and how they have changed. Situate them as a new kind of lay input into policy-making, and as an attempt to coordinate lay and expert opinion. A new form of democracy through the legitimisation of the policy process.
 
Part 3: Describe the "translation" model: its elements, importance and the fields of policy making to which it has been applied, and why it looks like a useful analytical device to better understand the nature and function of Consensus Conferences. Identify the various acts/networks employed and negotiated in the policy process.
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Participatory democracy
A translation analysis of the role of Consensus Conferences in formulating information technology practices

Alison Mohr  

Part 1: Indicate aim of research: to describe and evaluate the role of Consensus Conferences in Information Technology policy-making through the application of the "translation" model invented by French Sociologists, Bruno Latour and Michel Callon, and followers - already applied in a number of different fields of policy making (industry, HIV/AIDS< transport).
 
Part 2: Will describe the origins and evolution of the notion, practice and processes of Consensus Conferences: where, when, how, why they appeared; how many areas they have covered; and how they have changed. Situate them as a new kind of lay input into policy-making, and as an attempt to coordinate lay and expert opinion. A new form of democracy through the legitimisation of the policy process.
 
Part 3: Describe the "translation" model: its elements, importance and the fields of policy making to which it has been applied, and why it looks like a useful analytical device to better understand the nature and function of Consensus Conferences. Identify the various acts/networks employed and negotiated in the policy process.

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