Democratic expert influence through bioethical advisory commissions? The case of Sweden
- Ulf Kristoffersson
- J. J. Cassiman
- Jörg Schmidtke
Summary, in English
• Decision-making on issues concerning all society should be democratically legitimate in all aspects, including the work of government advisory committees.
• Democratic legitimacy of expert advice is desirable not only for the democratic values per se, but also for the quality of political decisions.
• In the case of PGD legislation in Sweden, the national government advisory committee functioned as a bridge between political representatives, specialist civil servants, and scientific experts, but the connection with public opinion was more or less absent.
• Had the advisory committee worked more openly and allowed a multiplicity of perspectives being heard, the democratic and quality aspects in this legislation process would have been strengthened.
- Department of Political Science
Quality Issues in Clinical Genetic Services
- Political Science
- ISBN: 978-90-481-3918-7