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November 6 RIPS: In Defense of Policy-Making Disagreement

Join us on November 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in KTH-732 as Dr. Éric Montpetit (Professeur, Université de Montréal) presents his research on the role of political disagreement among interest groups, civil servants and other experts in biotechnology policy.

Nov 06, 2014

DAY: Thursday November 6, 2014

TIME: 2.30 p.m.

LOCATION: KTH-732

 

Political Disagreement receives bad press, with media depictions stressing actor polarization and policy statements. Are actual disagreements so divisive and paralyzing in advanced democracies? This talk will address this question through a study of the attitudes of interest groups, civil servants and other experts in biotechnology policy debates in North America and in Europe. It will be argued that political disagreement is not as corrosive as the press makes it appear.

Éric Montpetit received his Ph.D. in comparative public policy from McMaster University in 1999 and he is professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. His current research is on the politics of scientific expertise.