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    Cultures and Strategies in the Regulation of Nanotechnology in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the European Union.Monika Kurath, Michael Nentwich, Torsten Fleischer & Iris Eisenberger - 2014 - NanoEthics 8 (2):121-140.
    This interdisciplinary, social scientific analysis of the regulatory discourse on nanotechnology in the three German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and in the EU between 2000 and 2013 has shown three distinct phases, characterised by shifts in the configuration of actors and in the thematic scope from nanotechnology to nano-materials. Compared to modes of governance based on traditional statutory law, modes of governance based on less binding forms of soft law and self-regulation (like codes of conduct, guidelines and certification (...)
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    When Should There Be Which Kind of Technology Assessment? A Plea for a Strictly Problem-Oriented Approach From the Very Outset.Michael Decker & Torsten Fleischer - 2010 - Poiesis and Praxis 7 (1-2):117-133.
    Technology assessment is generally classified as problem-oriented and thus transdisciplinary research. This is due to the fact that the aim of TA is to work out solutions for problems outside science in order to offer advice to its addressees, namely those working in politics and science and members of society in general. In this paper, we propose that the problem-oriented approach also be used as the basis for the decision regarding when a TA should be conducted in a particular situation, (...)
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    Participation in 'Big Style': First Observations at the German Citizens' Dialogue on Future Technologies. [REVIEW]Michael Decker & Torsten Fleischer - 2012 - Poiesis and Praxis 9 (1-2):81-99.
    In 2010, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research started a series of citizens’ dialogues on future technologies. In the context of the German history of public participation in technology-oriented policy making, these dialogues are unique for at least two reasons: The Federal Ministry retains the responsibility for the entire process and is heavily involved in its planning, organization and communication, and the number of participants and process elements is significantly higher than in most other participative events. The paper (...)
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