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Deliberation on GMOs: A Study of How a Citizens' Jury Affects the Citizens' Attitudes

Marianne Aasen and Arild Vatn

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 461-481. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13690717320702

ABSTRACT

Deliberative processes provide an important alternative input to environmental politics as they may, in contrast to often used market simulations, provide an arena for 1) discussion of lay participants' values, 2) articulating arguments grounded in other values than consequentialistic, and 3) capturing weakly comparable values. A case study of a Citizens' Jury (CJ) on genetically modified plants was used to investigate how the framing of the process affected the attitude formation among the citizens. The formal set up of this specific CJ made value discussions less relevant. While it opened for value plurality, it failed to facilitate the articulation of weakly comparable values.


KEYWORDS

Deliberative institutions, value articulation, participation, GMO

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

A Critical Assessment of Public Consultations on GMOs in the European Union. Marko Ahteensuu and Helena Siipi

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Some Reasons for Optimism Simon Hailwood

Should Ecological Citizenship Advocates Praise the Green State?. Carme Melo-Escrihuela


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