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Bioethics, Politics and Business

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In the decision-making involving biosciences and biotechnology, both politicians and the general public have come to increasingly rely on different kinds of experts and specialised bodies. Interest groups such as industry, religious authorities and consumer organisations also try to influence political decision-making, and the role of the media has not always been - it is claimed - as neutral as the public perceives it to be. At the same time, according to the democratic ideal, ultimate power should rest with the parliamentarians and with the people. Who has the power in decision-making in biotechnology? Can there be legitimate expertise in bioethics? How can we improve the power balance? These are some of the questions this book seeks to answer. The book is divided into three parts. The first part presents articles dealing with the role of biopolitics and the expert bodies in relation to the democratic ideal. The second part looks at the special role of the media in relation to decision-making in bioethics and biopolitics. The third part of the book looks at the links between the biotechnology industry and bioethical decision-making.

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Media Power? – Influencing Public Opinion Formation about Stem Cell Research in Denmark

Questions about the power and influence of the media over political decision making have been central to mass media research throughout the twentieth century. Opinions have varied. Some see the media as crucial in determining policy objectives, others present the media as little more than superficial commentary. Here I will adopt a perspective known as agendasetting theory, which argues that the media do indeed play a significant, if indirect, role in policy processes, because the media agenda has a crucial influence in shaping the attention structure of policy makers.

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