Devolved Regulation as a Two-Stage Rocket to Public Acceptance of Experiments with Human Gametes and Embryos

A UK Example to be Followed by the Netherlands?

in European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance
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Kazancigil endorses governance to the extent that it has a greater capacity to cope with policy making on complex issues in our differentiated societies. At the same time, he is skeptical of how governance excludes ‘politics’ from the process of policy-making. Policy fields that are highly dependent on scientific knowledge are considered by him to be especially vulnerable for ‘policy making without politics’. In this article, the case of UK policy making concerning the creation of human animal hybrid embryos will be analyzed to provide insights into the problems that can be connected to governance as form of managing public decision making. In this case, it is not so much the exclusion of ‘politics’ in the sense of ‘the representative democratic institutions and processes’ that appears to be the problem of governance but rather the downplaying of differences in societal views concerning the issue and the lack of real reconciliation of such views.

Devolved Regulation as a Two-Stage Rocket to Public Acceptance of Experiments with Human Gametes and Embryos

A UK Example to be Followed by the Netherlands?

in European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance

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A. Kazancigil‘Governance and science: market-like modes of managing society and producing knowledge’International Social Science Journal 50(155) (1998) 69–79.

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R. Hague and M. HarropComparative Government and Politics. An Introduction (New York: Palgrave MacMillan2004) 3.

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 See R. BrownswordRights Regulation and Technological Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press2008) for the ethical positions concerning human embryo research taken by different political and societal organizations.

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N. Zeegers‘The working of power in communicative regulation: The case of research with human embryos’ Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 28(1) (2007) 1–14.

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M. MulkayThe embryo research debate: science and the politics of reproduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press1997).

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In July 2007a sample of 2073 residents of the UK was interviewed.

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N. Zeegers‘Distinguishing true from other hybrids. A case study of the merits and pitfalls of devolved regulation in the UK’ Legisprudence 3(2) (2009) 299–321.

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