ETHICAL IMPERIALISM: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
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Citation of Original PublicationGeorge R. La Noue, ETHICAL IMPERIALISM: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, Law and Politics Book Review, http://www.lpbr.net/2010/11/ethical-imperialism-institutional.html
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Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are at once both ubiquitous and paradoxical in higher education. Since their creation in 1966 with a limited mandate over medical and behavioral research, IRBs now assert the right to review, amend, censor or reject any research, funded or unfunded, by any member of the academic community that involves “human subjects.” No one knows how many tens of thousands of projects are submitted and shaped by this process every year.