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Research at the Auction Block

Problems for the Fair Benefits Approach to International Research

Authors

  • ALEX JOHN LONDON,

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    • 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.

  • KEVIN J.S. ZOLLMAN

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    • 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.


Abstract

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.

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