Biotechnology, Sustainability and Trust

19 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010

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Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law

Date Written: August 20, 2010


This paper explores the relationship between technology, trust, and sustainability. It focuses on the critical role that a particular form of trust, - social trust - plays in helping societies have a genuine conversation about the many problems they face that are fraught with uncertainty. That role for trust offers a window into how social trust can be a building block for a more resilient society, and how it can help societies become more sustainable.

Keywords: biotechnology, regulation, trust, risk, uncertainty, decisionmaking, transparency, expertise, stewardship, GMO, genetic engineering, public choice, regulator, organization, institution

JEL Classification: A14, D23, D73, D81, K10, K19, K23, K32

Suggested Citation

Bratspies, Rebecca M., Biotechnology, Sustainability and Trust (August 20, 2010). Kansas Journal of Law & Pubic Policy, Vol. 18, 2009. Available at SSRN:

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