Governing with ambivalence: The tentative origins of socio-technical integration

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Abstract

Requirements to integrate societal considerations into research and development practices began appearing throughout the democratic industrialized world in the early 2000s and eventually became a central feature of responsible innovation. Examining one of the earliest and most prominent policy examples, this paper investigates the conceptual basis of the U.S. nanotechnology program's mandate for socio-technical integration. It argues that policy makers adopted this innovative response to addressing the societal issues of an emerging technology due to their heightened awareness of potential interactions among public attitudes, research directions, and technological trajectories. Integration thus emerged as a governance mechanism for mediating the interaction between these two dynamic sources of uncertainty. The mandate emerged in a self-consciously experimental and anticipatory manner and thus provides a practical instance of tentative governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch Policy
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Nanotechnology
Innovation
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Ambivalence
Interaction
Uncertainty
Governance mechanisms
Governance
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Public attitudes
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Politicians

Keywords

  • Ambivalence
  • Anticipation
  • Governance
  • Nanotechnology
  • Responsible innovation
  • Socio-technical integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Governing with ambivalence : The tentative origins of socio-technical integration. / Fisher, Erik.

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