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Democracy and political economy of genetic engineering

Weston, Delys Eleanor (2007) Democracy and political economy of genetic engineering. Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis aims to provide a more critical framework for the assessment of future technologies and therefore social directions and to help to bring an understanding to the relationship between global political economy, corporate power, ideology, science and technology. This is essential given the many issues facing contemporary society - issues of sustainability and humanity's place in the broad ecology, of the need for a diversity of economies, societies and cultures, of the need for greater economic equality and equity across the globe.

The relationship between globalisation, science and technology, democratic governance and citizens is explored using the case of genetic engineering technologies. The thesis draws on a conceptual framework provided by the theory of political economy to facilitate the assessment of the impact of a technology on society. It provides a critical framework for looking at individualised, sectoral and short term interests versus the often conflicting interests of what is termed the 'common good'. The juxtaposition of the neo-liberal, conservative and contemporarily dominant world view with that of the more radical, political economy stance exposes the tension between these two ways of viewing human history and the future of humankind.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Supervisor(s): Marinova, Dora and Barns, Ian
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