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Practicing Democracy: Improving Participatory Technology Assessment for Sustainability Challenges


Abstract Participatory approaches to policy-making and research are thought to “open up” technical decision-making to broader considerations, empower diverse public audiences, and inform policies that address pluralistic public goods. Many studies of participatory efforts focus on specific features or outcomes of those efforts, such as the format of a participatory event or the opinions of participants. While valuable, such research has not resolved conceptual problems and critiques of participatory efforts regarding, for example, their reinforcement of expert perspectives or their inability to impact policy- and decision-making. I studied two participatory efforts using survey data collected from participants, interviews with policy makers and expe... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Weller, Nicholas A (Author) / Childers, Daniel L (Advisor) / Bennett, Ira (Committee member) / Coseo, Paul (Committee member) / Klinsky, Sonja (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Participatory Technology Assessment
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 318 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Sustainability 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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