Stakeholder involvement: An inclusive or exclusive practice?
Michael Strähle (Wissenschaftsladen Wien - Science Shop Vienna)
Christine Urban (Science Shop Vienna - Wissenschaftsladen Wien)
Engaging publics
C. Humanisticum AB 1.14
Wednesday 17 September, 14:00-15:45, 16:00-17:45, Thursday 18 September, 9:30-11:15, 11:30-13:15 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

governance of science and technology, stakeholder involvement, legitimacy

Long abstract:

In the governance of science and technology, in particular in research programming and in establishing research priorities, policy makers expect from stakeholder involvement, the involvement of organized interest groups, to meet two objectives: firstly, to address 'societal challenges' by taking a broader range of interests, perspectives, knowledge/s, needs and demands into account; secondly, to increase the legitimacy of governance of science and technology. The benefits, limits and disadvantages of stakeholder involvement to increase legitimacy in the governance of science and technology are debated in STS and beyond.

Often it is unclear how stakeholder input translates into science policy, whom policy makers consider as a stakeholder, what is the procedure for selecting stakeholders, and what is meant by science and stakeholder in such contexts. Apparently stakeholder involvement in policy contexts is still a black box. Does stakeholder involvement hold the promise of more legitimate governance of science and technology? To what extent is it an inclusive and/or exclusive governance arrangement? How does it impact on uninvited participation in science policy?

We are especially interested in discussing contributions on stakeholder involvement in research policy and approaches to tackle them in practice: empirical studies, analyses of implementation experiences and theoretical perspectives.

The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-4-4-4 between sessions

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