chapter  13
13 Pages

Science, Democracy and Technological Risks

Introduction Theme which I propose to deal with in this chapter is not an easy one since it illustrates the combination of several factors, institutions and issues which are today at the heart of our political and governance processes. As articulated already in chapters by John de la Mothe, Sanford Lakoff and Michael Gibbons, we have entered a new era in the relationship between knowledge and power, an era where the Cartesian rule of methodological doubt needs to be applied to decisions in a context of uncertainty. In short, the question I want to raise is the following: 'can the practice of such a doubt remain the monopoly of experts?'