Technology assessment: Analytic and democratic practice

R. van Est, F.W.A. Brom

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Technology assessment (TA) is an analytic and democratic practice that aims to contribute to the timely formation of public and political opinion on societal aspects of science and technology. The TA practice is constantly evolving. This article gives an overview of the current TA landscape by describing four TA modes of understanding and performing TA: classical TA, participatory TA, argumentative TA, and constructive TA. These descriptions are guided by three themes: TA as an analytic enterprise inspired by different scientific disciplines, the democratic function of TA, and the practice of TA. Finally, it describes some of the future challenges of TA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics (2nd edition)
EditorsR. Chadwick
Place of PublicationSan Diego
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages3464
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-373632-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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