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Evaluating the 'Ethical Matrix' as a Radioactive Waste Management Deliberative Decision-Support Tool

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Abstract:

UK radioactive waste management policy making is currently taking place within a participatory and analytic-deliberative decision-making framework; one that seeks to integrate public and stakeholder values and perspectives with scientific and technical expertise. One important aspect of this socio-technical reframing of the radioactive waste problem is an explicit recognition that legitimate and defensible policy making must take into account important ethical issues if it is to be a success. Thus, there is a need for tools to incorporate adequate assessment of ethical issues in a way that is compatible with this approach. The 'ethical matrix' is one such tool used recently to address a range of agricultural and natural resource issues that shows promise for this field. This paper assesses the strengths and limitations of the matrix and outlines a framework for the development of alternative tools to better satisfy the needs of ethical assessment in radioactive waste management decision-making processes.

Keywords: analytic-deliberative methods; ethical matrix; ethical tools; public and stakeholder engagement; radioactive waste management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327109X438044

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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