chapter  12
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Governance in Action in the Life Sciences: Some Lessons for


This book set out to question conventional notions of governance in response to calls for more critical debate and guidance on its application in specific policy areas such as the life sciences. Our characterization of ‘governance’ has been broadly that of an increased role of non-government actors in policy-making through various participatory networks and mechanisms. In foregrounding governance as an inherently political process, concerned with articulating different actors’ interests, values and beliefs, we have also aimed at a more nuanced understanding of what ‘governance’ means and how it might be practised.