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Book Launch - Governing through Expertise: The Politics of Bioethics

Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, Professor, International Relations/Political Science, the Graduate Institute
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In her book, recently published by Cambridge University Press, Prof. Littoz-Monnet provides a fresh analysis of the enmeshment of expert knowledge with politics in global governance, through a unique investigation of bioethical expertise, an intriguing form of 'expert knowledge' which claims authority in the ethical analysis of issues that arise in relation to biomedicine, the life sciences and new fields of technological innovation. She makes the case that the mobilisation of ethics experts does not always arise from a motivation to rationalise governance. Instead, mobilising ethics experts - who are endowed with a unique double-edged authority, both 'democratic' and 'epistemic' - can help policy-makers manoeuvre policy conflicts on scientific and technological innovations and make their pro-science and innovation agendas possible. Bioethical expertise is indeed shaped in a political and iterative space between experts and those who do policy. The book reveals the mechanisms through which certain global governance narratives, as well as the types of expertise they rely on, remain stable even when they are contested.




Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, Professor, International Relations/Political Science and Director of the Global Governance Centre, the Graduate Institute





Anna Leander, Professor of International Relations/Political Science and Deputy Director of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, the Graduate Institute

Nico Krisch, Professor, International Law, the Graduate Institute

Aditya Bharadwaj, Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, the Graduate Institute

Leandro Montes Ruiz, PhD Candidate, International Relations/Political Science, the Graduate Institute


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 Littoz-Monnet, Annabelle. 2020. Governing through Expertise.   The Politics of Bioethics, Cambridge University Press.



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 This event is co-sponsored by the Global Health Centre.