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Response to Sheehan et al’s ‘In defence of governance: ethics review and social research’
  1. Martyn Hammersley
  1. Correspondence to Professor Martyn Hammersley, WELS, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK; m.hammersley{at}


This response welcomes Sheehan et al’s discussion of the criticisms that have been made of mandatory, pre-emptive ethics regulation and their outline of a philosophical rationale for it. However, it is argued that they misrepresent some of the key criticisms and fail to provide any effective response to them.

  • ethics
  • ethics committees/consultation
  • research ethics
  • sociology

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