Prof. Dr. Renate Martinsen
In the course of the public stem cell debate and the dynamics of this biomedical field, the contingency of decision-making grows and – as far as it is assigned to decision-makers – transforms into political risks. Against this background, there are several attempts to broaden the social basis of political decision-making in sensitive policy areas. Hence, the political science sub-project of “Multiple Risks. Coping with Contingency in Stem Cell Research and its Applications” empirically analyses social discourses by means of qualitative social science and provides a practical political access. It assumes that the transported visions have regulative effects on the present and allow forecasting precise stem cell polices that fit into societal discourse.