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Which publics? When?

Exploring the policy potential of involving different publics in dialogue around science and technology.

Executive summary

How should we understand ‘the public’ in public dialogue given the dominant assumption within policy-making that the people brought together in these events must constitute a representative sample of the wider population? To improve the prospects for public dialogue and clarify what it can contribute to policy-making, this report explores ‘who or what is the public’ to make better sense of why and when public dialogue is carried out.

**Don't miss the 'Which Publics? When?' webinar on 25 July 2013, 12pm - 1pm**

Exploring the policy potential of involving different publics in dialogue around science and technology', by Alison Mohr, Sujatha Raman, Beverley Gibbs. In this webinar the authors of the paper will discuss why it is often more productive to consider the idea of plural, dynamic ‘publics’ rather than a single, static ‘ public’ when designing engagement in the policy making process.

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