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Reasonable disagreement and the justification of pre-emptive ethics governance in social research: a response to Hammersley
  1. Mark Sheehan,
  2. Michael Dunn,
  3. Kate Sahan
  1. Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark Sheehan, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LG, UK; mark.sheehan{at}philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

In this response, we first tackle what we take to be the core disagreement between ourselves and Hammersley, namely the justification for our model of social research ethics governance. We then consider what follows from our defence of governance for ethics review and show how these claims attend to the specific concerns outlined by Hammersley.

  • research ethics
  • sociology
  • ethics committees/consultation
  • regulation
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  • MS and MD contributed equally.

  • Contributors MS and MD drafted the initial version. KS led on revisions and finalising the manuscript.

  • Funding This research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, grant BRC-1215-20008 to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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