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This comprehensive and detailed book will hearten the many social scientists who tangle with unsympathetic regulatory systems. Mark Israel demonstrates an uncanny knowledge about the variety of national ethics regimes that are destabilizing the social sciences. The author explores the possibility of moving the hard architecture of research-review to a soft architectural one. In the end, the book calls for a creative and intelligent approach to ethics and integrity in research.
Research ethics is a particularly fluid field of endeavour in the social sciences. As the forms of social interaction develop via new media and societies undergo constant change, responsive methodological innovation follows. The ethical challenges posed raise more dilemmas and regulatory responses. Mark Israel’s update of his earlier book covers this rapidly evolving field in a rigorous, readable and comprehensive manner. The global perspective adopted is of practical benefit to increasingly international and multidisciplinary research teams.
Mark Israel’s masterly account and critical analysis of the global, national and conceptual histories of research ethics explains the contemporary frictions between research ethics regimes and social science researchers.
Through authoritative examples of realistic practice that address ethical complexities of consent, confidentiality, risk, benefit and conflicts of interest, he shows how to address and resolve these frictions.
This book explains and compares the regulation on research ethics in many different countries. Israel conducted a deep analysis on the roots of these regulations as well as the consequences for social scientists. It puts the key issues into a historical, philosophical and empirical research context. This discussion is fundamental to better understand the contemporary situation and to plan actions to promote ethical research, respecting different academic communities, as well as promoting and protecting the human rights and the fundamental liberties of research participants.
In this book Professor Israel presents an absorbing critical account of the development of national and, increasingly, global research ethics and regulatory systems. The many case studies included within the text bring to life the dilemmas researchers have faced in a way that provides the reader with much food for thought.
The book should be seen as an important introduction to ethics and integrity for researchers and regulators, as it provides a view of both ranks and understanding for both research practice and the history and importance of testing frameworks.
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