'With many citizens' networks around the world responding in forceful and creative ways to modern scientific interventions in their worlds and their environments, this is a very timely and well-focused collection of articles and insights. The global scope of the case-studies, and of its theoretical and normative perspectives is particularly novel and a uniquely valuable contribution to some of the world's most pressing issues.'
Ulrich Beck, University of Munich
'This volume is a unique blend of two, hitherto separate, streams of work - science and technology studies and development studies. It highlights the contrasting idealizations of citizens and citizenship underlying both mainstream science policy and critical perspectives. It raises fundamental questions about the central role that has been assigned to managing "risk" in the theory and practice of contemporary government. The southern perspective provides a timely warning that, far from being a panacea, escalating demands for public participation have paradoxical potential to dis-empower.'
Steve Rayner, University of Oxford
'The overall admirable aim of the book, consisting of provocative and well-written essays, is to bring together modern work in science studies and disciplines devoted to investigating global and national development. If ever a work was devoted to constructing an obscure expert-driven subject inaccessible to the citizen, this is it.'
Christopher Lawrence, UCL
'Makes a major contribution to debates about the relationship between science and society - debates that are immediately relevant to a food sector recovering from BSE, Foot and Mouth Disease and the controversy over GM crops.'
Bulletin of the Food Ethics Council
'[Highlighting] the politics in science and how science has in the past been used by the establishment to consolidate its power...the book is an example of what a genuine ideological and intellectual commitment to the philosophy of participation can produce.'
Development and Change