A relevant part of the current debates about public acceptance of science and technology centers on the social acceptability of science and technology governance (including decision making, regulation and risk management) (Irwin & Wynne, 1996; European Commission, 2007). In this contribution we will argue, based on survey data, that the relationship between, on the one hand, public and stakeholder acceptance of governance and, on the other, the level of public education, as well as current improvements in science and technology management is still unclear.
We present recent survey data on the public perception of science and technology governance, particularly on the perception of the importance of scientific knowledge and values,precautionary regulation, as well as the role of experts in decision making. The survey’s data are particularly relevant due to the relatively limited availability of data specifically about public attitudes towards regulation and decision making (instead of particular scientific-technological applications or overall science and technology).

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Science and technology governance and public acceptance

Oliver Todt   Dept. of Philosophy, University of the Balearic Islands

José Luis Luján   Dept. of Philosophy, University of the Balearic Islands

Carolina Moreno   Dept of Communication Sciences, University of Valencia

A relevant part of the current debates about public acceptance of science and technology centers on the social acceptability of science and technology governance (including decision making, regulation and risk management) (Irwin & Wynne, 1996; European Commission, 2007). In this contribution we will argue, based on survey data, that the relationship between, on the one hand, public and stakeholder acceptance of governance and, on the other, the level of public education, as well as current improvements in science and technology management is still unclear.
We present recent survey data on the public perception of science and technology governance, particularly on the perception of the importance of scientific knowledge and values,precautionary regulation, as well as the role of experts in decision making. The survey’s data are particularly relevant due to the relatively limited availability of data specifically about public attitudes towards regulation and decision making (instead of particular scientific-technological applications or overall science and technology).

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