De facto governance of nanotechnologies

Arie Rip*

*Corresponding author for this work

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New and emerging technologies, especially nanotechnologies with the structural uncertainties about their eventual functionalities and risks, are a challenge to governance. What is striking is how much actual governance is already occurring in and around nanotechnology without any particular actor being responsible for the emerging governance arrangements. Mapping what is happening in terms of societal agenda-building about risks of nanotechnology, including voluntary codes of conduct and calls for responsible development, allows me to flesh out the notion of de facto governance by showing how it works in the domain of nanotechnologies. This then leads me to speculate about a further governance arrangement: the internalization of requirements of ‘responsible development’ of nanosciences and nanotechnologies in actual technological and product-development choices and strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanotechnology and Its Governance
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780429879524
ISBN (Print)9781138610538
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019


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