Alex John London and Kevin J.S. Zollman, “Research at the Auction Block: Problems for the Fair Benefits Approach to International Research,” Hastings Center Report 40, no. 4 (2010): 34–45.
Research at the Auction Block
Problems for the Fair Benefits Approach to International Research
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
2010 The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 34–45, July-August 2010
How to Cite
LONDON, A. J. and ZOLLMAN, K. J.S. (2010), Research at the Auction Block. Hastings Center Report, 40: 34–45. doi: 10.1353/hcr.0.0281
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
The “fair benefits” approach to international research is designed to produce results that all can agree are fair without taking a stand on divisive questions of justice. But its appealing veneer of collaboration masks ambiguities at both a conceptual and an operational level. An attempt to put it into practice would look a lot like an auction, leaving little reason to think the outcomes will satisfy even minimal conditions of fairness.