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Biotechnologies And Communication: Participation For Democratic Processes

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The emergence of biotechnologies in the broader context of so-called risk society requires consideration and management of a series of social questions in order to justify decisions on potentially risky phenomena. The obvious difficulties of managing conflicts and reconciling different interests are problematic aspects for democratic systems referable to the issue of legitimacy: who must make the decisions that regulate the use of biotechnologies, and how; is it possible that only politicians and experts may decide on important questions that modify the existence of individuals and balance of the environment. This chapter looks at the ways in which managerial and decision-making processes have been addressed in this area over the past few years. If biotechnologies have the power to modify human nature, their management requires new forms of communication which moderate opposing positions in order to achieve useful comparisons, even if the contenders do not wish to change their positions.

Keywords: biotechnologies; communication; democratic system; environmental impact; political decision-makers



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