Reflexive co-evolution and governance patterns

Harro van Lente, Arie Rip

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    This chapter attempts to broaden the notion of governance so as to be able to include a larger variety of patterns of governance and governance arrangements than is usual in the literature. An important insight from historical and socio-economic studies of technological change is that 'technology' and 'society' are deeply intertwined. The development of new technologies is a process in which science, technology and society co-evolve. It does not just involve the creation of a new artefact with promising performance that is sent out into society. In the 1970s and 1980s, new technologies such as recombinant DNA and biotechnology in general, or nuclear power, were subjects of societal contestation. There are increasing interactions, manifesting in public dialogues and calls for 'responsible development', which are now common in nanotechnology. The notion of 'early warning' emerged in the early 1960s in the debate around Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmbedding New Technologies into Society
    Subtitle of host publicationA Regulatory, Ethical and Societal Perspective
    EditorsDiana Bowman, Elen Stokes, Arie Rip
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherPan Stanford Publishing
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9789814745758
    ISBN (Print)9789814745741
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2017


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