Don't worry, Cynthia; no one's in charge: On the tension between control and freedom

Alan Cottey, Larry Stapleton (Editor)

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In this contribution to the Session The Roles and Responsibilities of Scientists and Engineers in Achieving a Just and Sustainable World at the SWIIS (Supplementary Ways of Improving International Stability) 2012 conference International Stability and Systems Engineering, I argue that the possessive market society (Macpherson's concept, here explained briefly) is unreformable and that radical changes in the future are inevitable, mainly for ecological reasons. I discuss some historical cases and current progress. I propose two principles (concerning basic human needs and the control/autonomy balance) as the foundation on which further research is built and make some broad-brush suggestions about the nature of such research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2012
Event2012 IFAC Workshop on International Stability and Systems Engineering - Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland
Duration: 11 Jun 201213 Jun 2012


Workshop2012 IFAC Workshop on International Stability and Systems Engineering


  • Control
  • ecology
  • international stability
  • social requirements
  • Social Responsibility
  • stability
  • sustainability
  • technology

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