TA as expertise for contextualization
Between a linear and a reflexive mode
Since the initial debate on a theory of TA ten years ago, time has not stood still: the quest for transformative science, for a new balancing of innovation systems and their governance as well as debates about the public-political form of expertise are contexts against which TA has to redefine its own position. The core dimensions of a theory of TA – assessing impacts, complying with scientific standards, and providing policy advice – have to be reassessed. Our thesis is that this necessitates conceptualizing TA between a linear and reflexive mode of contextualization.
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