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Title: What is the public's role in ‘space’ policymaking? Images of the public by practitioners of ‘space’ communication in the United Kingdom
Authors: Entradas, M.
Keywords: Discurse
Public participation
Practitioners
Public images
Science policy
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Abstract: Studies on experts’ understanding of the public have mainly focused on the views of scientists. We add to the literature on constructions of the public by analyzing the views of decision-makers, professional science communicators and scientists involved in ‘space’ communication on the public and public participation in policy. Findings show that contextual situations and roles determine the way the public is conceptualised: the public is sophisticated and knowledgeable to participate in space activities/citizen science, but in matters of policy, a gullible image of the public is brought up. Despite the democratic talk on participation, practitioners delimited public involvement in policy in some way or other to protect their own power and decision-making capabilities. This conception of the public competes with the stated aims of scientific and political institutions for public engagement and the substantive value of public participation, leaving a limited role for the public in space policymaking.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/12231
DOI: 10.1177/0963662515579838
ISSN: 0963-6625
Ciência-IUL: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/id/ci-pub-28705
Accession number: WOS:000379786400007
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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