Innogen · News · May 28, 2009

The Limits to Governance

newsletter march 2008

A book by Innogen's Catherine Lyall, James Smith and Theo Papaioannou has been published.

About 'The Limits to Governance':

Does the state still frame debates about new technology? Can policy-makers ensure the benefits of health developments through genomics while still satisfying the expectations of society and the economic imperatives?

In this critique of the new governance agenda for research and innovation in life sciences, the authors discuss the world-wide policy decisions needed, with particular reference to genomics. They suggest the many facets of policy and regulation could be treated as a government–governance continuum, where different aspects of genomics may sit at different points, and co-exist. Their findings offer valuable insights for the future and will help promote a global solution to this problem.

"This is a much-needed, constructively critical look at governance as the proposed alternative to top-down government approaches. It is generally relevant, not just for the new life sciences which are the occasion for this volume. Enjoy the variety of the chapters, and in particular the sustained attention to what is happening in African countries." Arie Rip, University of Twente, The Netherlands

The book is published by Ashgate and is available to purchase from their website.

For additional information, please contact Dr Catherine Lyall.