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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / STÖCKELOVÁ, T. / ZAMYKALOVÁ, L. (2004): Making pure science / pure politics in the public controversy over the highway bypass of Plzeň CTS. Research Reports, CTS-04-12. Praha: CTS. Available at http://www.cts.cuni.cz/

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Paper prepared for the Joint 4S & EASST Conference 2004 Public proofs – science, technology and democracy, Paris, Ecole des Mines, August 25-28 2004

This paper is based on a detailed empirical case study of a long-term public controversy over the construction of a highway bypass around the city of Plzen (in South-Western Bohemia, Czech Republic). The controversy involved a wide range of actors: local activists, an environmentalist NGO, politicians of all levels, experts, developers, state and regional administration, and media people. Two variants of the bypass were at stake: one of them gradually appearing better and better, attractive for experts, but existing as if only on paper, while the other was becoming more and more real, pushed through mainly by local politicians, and actually constructed. Although the story could be narrated in terms of an unequal struggle between environmentalists and small villages on one side and politicians, economic lobbies and municipality of a big city on the other, we will try to follow a more subtle and complex story-line, which focuses upon different strategic usages of science and politics. Besides explaining how it happened that one of the variants “attracted” the winning properties (and “won”), we will also describe a “vicious” circle of a double purification of science and politics and show how it contributes to the fragility of both democracy and expertise.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / STÖCKELOVÁ, T. / VAJDOVÁ, T. / ZAMYKALOVÁ, L. (2004): Environmental controversies in technical democracy: Three case studies. CTS Research Reports, CTS-04-04. Praha: CTS. Available at http://www.cts.cuni.cz/

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In this research report we present a collection of three case studies that have been undertaken within our work on the research project "Analysing public accountability procedures in contemporary European contexts". The overall aim of the project was to study opportunities and limits of democracy in societies in which expert knowledge becomes crucial for almost any decision-making and socio-technical networks that shape our daily lives are being openly and widely contested in the public arena. Especially in cases where science and technology are involved and where technicalities of different sorts and specialised knowledge penetrate political agenda, i.e., on the borderline of science and politics, the principles of open, friendly, inclusive and transparent politics (as well as the classical principles of disinterested and independent expertise) get into troubles. That is why we decided, in our research, to confront the principle of public accountability with the flesh-and-blood reality of the following socio-technical controversies, elaborated as in-depth case studies: (1) The controversy over the building and operation of the household waste incinerator in Praha-Malesice; (2) The public conflicts concerning the highway by-pass around the city of Plzeň; (3) Current policies and controversies related to the introduction of GMO into the Czech legal, social, economic and political environment.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / KUSÁ, Z. / STOCKELOVÁ, T. / VAJDOVÁ, Z. / ZAMYKALOVÁ (2002): Czech Republic - a national profile. Research report of the Public Accountability European Research Project, CT2001-00076. Praha. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/docs/WP1_Czech.pdf

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1999): Kvalitativní rušno [Qualitative activities]. Biograf, (20): 67-75

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1997): Text a textualita v sociálních vědách: Třetí část - reflexivní impuls [Text and textuality in the social sciences: The reflexive moment]. Biograf, (9): 7-15

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1996): Text a textualita v sociálních vědách: Druhá část - metodologické motivace [Text and textuality in the social science: Part two - methodological considerations]. Biograf, (8): 9-23

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1996): Text a textualita v sociálních vědách: První část - teoretické motivace [Text and textuality in the social science: Part one - theoretical considerations]. Biograf, (7): 33-45

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1996): Rodinná politika (Slovníkové heslo) [Family policy (Dictionary entry]. In: Velký sociologický slovník [Big sociological dictionary]. Praha: Karolinum

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1996): Biografická sociologie (slovníkové heslo) [Biographical sociology (Dictionary entry]. In: Velký sociologický slovník [Big sociological dictionary]. Praha: Karolinum

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1995): Zaměstnavatelé a zaměstnanci na poli sociální práce [Employers and employees in social work]. A background study for the project on minimum standards in social work employment policy. Praha (PHARE, GTAF II/WP2/4A)

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1995): Metoda jako provokace smyslu [Method as provocation of meaning]. Biograf Bulletin, (3): 43-62

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1994): Auto/biografie a sociologie: Druhá verze [Auto/biography and sociology: The second version]. Praha: ISS FSV UK. 90 p.

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1993): Dětství jako sociální jev (Zpráva ze služební cesty I.) [Childhood as a social phenomenon (A travel report I.)]. S-Obzor, 2 (2): 58-62

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1993): Sociální zabezpečení (Zpráva ze služební cesty II.) [On social security (A travel report II.)]. S-Obzor, 2 (2): 63-69

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (1993): Evropská konference “From European societies to European society: The national welfare states and European integration”, St. Martin, Německo 1992 (Zpráva ze služební cesty III) [The European conference "From European societies to European society: The national welfare states and European integration", St. Martin, Germany 1992 - A travel report III.]. S-Obzor, 2 (3): 64-75

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