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Conflicting Forms Of Citizenship? Referrals And The Principle Of Transparency In Sweden

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This chapter addresses the following questions: how should democratic processes on important issues be constructed; and how can optimal citizen influence be achieved. It focuses on the Swedish GMO discourse from a discourse-analytical perspective, specifically the more limited discourse anchored around an application for restricted and controlled field trials with GMO canola in Sweden. The chapter uncovers and analyses the relations between the authorities and referrals and their view on citizen participation in the discussions concerning GMO crops. The chapter consists of a description of the investigated data, followed by theoretical and methodological points of departure. It provides a description of the discursive practice on applying for field trials with GMO plants in Sweden. The principle of transparency is employed in application procedures with the Swedish Board of Agriculture (SBA) for deliberate release of GMO plants.

Keywords: citizen participation; democratic processes; referrals; Swedish GMO; transparency



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