Michael Cobb

North Carolina State Univeristy
Political Science

Campus Box 8102
NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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I explore public opinion and human behavior in order to develop policy recommendations about a wide variety of issues, including human enhancement technologies and genetically engineered mosquitoes. My current research focuses on measuring public risk perceptions about emerging technologies, and analyzing the costs and benefits of holding deliberative exercises intended to engage the public with science and shape policy-making decisions.

Hamlett, Patrick, and Michael D. Cobb. 2006. “Potential Solutions to Public Deliberation Problems: Structured Deliberations and Polarization Cascades.” Policy Studies Journal 34: 629-649.
Boettcher, William, and Michael Cobb. 2009. "Dont Let Them Die in Vain: Casualty Frames and Public Tolerance for Escalating Commitment in Iraq." Journal of Conflict Resolution 53 (5): 677-697.
Cobb, Michael D. 2011. “Creating Informed Public Opinion: Citizen Deliberation about Nanotechnologies for Human Enhancements.” Journal of Nanoparticle Research 13 (4): 1533-1548.
Abstract: I report data measuring results of deliberation in a national citizens? technology forum (NCTF) about nanotechnologies for human enhancement. The NCTFrnwas a month-long process involving six groups of 9?15 ordinary citizens who deliberated in different locations across the United States with the goal ofrnreaching consensus about policy recommendations within their groups. I find that structured deliberation generated informed opinions, sometimes meaningfulrnshifts in preferences, and increased trust and internal efficacy among the participants.
URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/544181r7248n2005/
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-011-0227-0.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
International Relations
Science and Technology Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Public Opinion PRIMARY