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Participatory technology assessment: Institution and methods

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Journal
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
0040-1625
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
45
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0040-1625(94)90062-0
Disciplines
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract The subordination of technology to finalities outside it must be built into technology assessments. In order to do so, developing countries need: • technological “gatekeepers” to monitor outside development; • “focal points” to receive, screen, and distribute relevant knowledge needed for technology assessment; and • institutional arrangements to assure ongoing information exchange, concerted planning, and collaborative implementation among government, producers, and researchers. Three rationalities vie for supremacy in decisional arenas: technical, political, and ethical. Interaction among the three should be circular, not vertical. Technology assessment's (TA) qualitative dimensions can be managed by using evaluative tools such as the “development flower.”

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