Self-Governance in Science

Self-Governance in Science Community-Based Strategies for Managing Dangerous Knowledge

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Publisher's Synopsis

Commercial and academic communities use private rules to regulate everything from labor conditions to biological weapons. This self-governance is vital in the twenty-first century, where private science and technology networks cross so many borders that traditional regulation and treaty solutions are often impractical. Self-Governance in Science analyzes the history of private regulation, identifies the specific market factors that make private standards stable and enforceable, explains what governments can do to encourage responsible self-regulation, and asks when private power might be legitimate. Unlike previous books which stress sociology or political science perspectives, Maurer emphasizes the economic roots of private power to deliver a coherent and comprehensive account of recent scholarship. Individual chapters present a detailed history of past self-government initiatives, describe the economics and politics of private power, and extract detailed lessons for law, legitimacy theory, and public policy.

Book information

ISBN: 9781316622940
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 620.0068
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 470g
Height: 228mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 18mm