Technology Assessment for Parliaments — Towards Reflexive Governance of Innovation

  • Danielle Bütschi
  • Mara Almeida


Bütschi and Almeida explore TA’s importance for policy making today, taking into consideration parliamentarians’ needs and expectations. The chapter highlights the challenges policy makers have to face when dealing with science, technology and innovation and discuss how TA can address them at an institutional level. These challenges go beyond the complexity of STI policy issues. Globalization challenges policy making on science and innovation as issues spill over national boundaries. As innovation is increasingly expected to foster growth and employment, policy making has to foster innovation and mitigate risks. And last but not least, the fnancial crisis is challenging parliamentary democracy with top-down fscal crisis policies. This is where the advanced dialogical and transdisciplinary practices of TA may add value that other advisory practices cannot.


Technology Assessment Policy Advice Parliamentary Democracy Innovation Governance Public Health Genomic 

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© Danielle Bütschi and Mara Almeida 2016

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  • Danielle Bütschi
  • Mara Almeida

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