Title: Developments in Parliamentary Technology Assessment in Finland

Authors: Ahti Salo, Osmo Kuusi

Status: Science and Public Policy, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 453-464.

Keywords: Technology assessment, innovation policy, science and technology policy.

The Committee for the Future in the Finnish Parliament is a unique institution with the broad the remit of addressing future related issues. Its key tasks include 1) the development of replies in response to the Government's account on the future, 2) the monitoring of advances in the field of futures studies, and 3) the co-ordination of technology assessment (TA) activities for the Parliament. In this paper, we give an overview of the Committee's recent TA activities and discuss their role in the democratisation of science and technology policymaking. We also discuss issues relevant to the further shaping of parliamentary TA activities in Finland.