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

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  • Marianne Aasen
  • Arild Vatn
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    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.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 461-481

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev22:ev2221

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    Keywords: Deliberative institutions; value articulation; participation; GMO;

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