Technology assessment in Non-PTA countries: an overview of recent developments in Europe

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Abstract

This work aims to describe the latest developments in European countries or regions that lack a structure to develop Parliamentary Technology Assessment activities (named non-PTA). They are countries or regions where parliamentary-oriented technology assessment activities have not yet resulted in a formal structure, but where these activities can be detected to some extent. We will concentrate on activities in Portugal, Wallonia, and other Central and Eastern countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria. Catalonia is mentioned as a specific case where a formal PTA structure exists but the way it is organized and financed is similar to the national and regional experiences at the non-PTA countries. We can conclude that TA institutionalization in non-PTA countries appears to be dependent on the level of public production of knowledge. In fact, the presence or absence of Science & Technology (S&T) issues on the public agenda of these countries and regions affects the need for parliamentary policy advice: in their presence, S&T agenda pushes the need for TA advice by parliamentarians; in their absence, the promotion of innovation tries to keep up with globalization pressures and to generate economic growth, without significant demands for TA advice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMonte de Caparica
PublisherIET
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Volume07/2015
ISBN (Print)1646-8929
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Publication series

NameIET Working Paper Series
PublisherIET
No.7
Volume2015
ISSN (Print)1646-8929

Keywords

  • Parliamentary Technology Assessment
  • Europe
  • Science & Technology
  • Innovation

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