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Community Genet. 2006;9(3):211-20.

Public engagement as a means of restoring public trust in science--hitting the notes, but missing the music?

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  • 1ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. b.wynne@lancaster.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper analyses the recent widespread moves to 'restore' public trust in science by developing an avowedly two-way, public dialogue with science initiatives. Noting how previously discredited and supposedly abandoned public deficit explanations of 'mistrust' have actually been continually reinvented, it argues that this is a symptom of a continuing failure of scientific and policy institutions to place their own science-policy institutional culture into the frame of dialogue, as possible contributory cause of the public mistrust problem.

PMID:
16741352
DOI:
10.1159/000092659
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