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Public engagement as means of restoring trust in science? Hitting the notes, but missing the music.

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Journal publication date05/2006
JournalCommunity Genetics
Journal number3
Volume9
Number of pages10
Pages211-220
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper analyses the recent widespread moves to 'restore' public trust in science by developing an avowedly two-way, public dialogue with science initiatives. Noting how previously discredited and supposedly abandoned public deficit explanations of 'mistrust' have actually been continually reinvented, it argues that this is a symptom of a continuing failure of scientific and policy institutions to place their own science-policy institutional culture into the frame of dialogue, as possible contributory cause of the public mistrust problem.