Title: The multifaceted struggle for power in the bioeconomy : Introduction to the Special issue
Authors: Delvenne, Pierre ×
Hendrickx, Kim #
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: Pergamon
Series Title: Technology in Society vol:35 issue:2 pages:75-78
Abstract: This special issue explores cases from Latin American countries, studied in comparison to
global trends in the arenas of public participation, scientific knowledge production, regulation
and governance. The authors demonstrate the complexity of these cases, both in
terms of regional differences and the different spaces of public, policy, and scientific
knowledge production into which such innovations are inserted. The articles are based on
rich empirical data collected in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Authors show that
the top-down circulation of policy narratives on biotechnology is challenged, complemented
and even partly undermined by local bottom-up dynamics. Conversely, articles
also focus on those grassroots dynamics and the ways they are influenced and conditioned
by macro-sociological and political-economic factors. Lastly, a great deal of attention is
paid to the ways states and national actors actively contribute to their own insertion in
globalized markets where bioengineered living resources are increasingly tasked with
solving the most pressing economic and social issues. We believe that this collection of
works challenges scholars, intellectuals, policy-makers and relevant stakeholders to open
up their views of biotechnology as a dynamic construct that interacts with local situations
in a variety of ways.
ISSN: 0160-791X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
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