9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN22 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Participation Building I, 2E2

Public Consultations and Democracy: The Case of GMOs in the EU

The paper highlights a democracy deficit in public consultation practices on the deliberate release and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union (EU) by focusing on the case of Finland. In particular, GMO consultation practices are assessed in regard to three prerequisites for a democratic decision-making procedure: availability of information, possibility to affect decisions, and the transparency of decision-making process. It is argued that in its current form, GMO consultation fails to meet these basic requirements.