Beyond the Individual in Controversial Science-Based Technology Attitude Formation and Regulation: The State Construction of Policy Alternatives in Asia

38 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2010

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D. S. L. Jarvis

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Ching Leong

National University of Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Michael P. Howlett

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Political Science; National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Andrea Migone

Simon Fraser University - Department of Political Science

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Date Written: November 27, 2010

Abstract

The success of regulation and other forms of state and private sector activity in areas of new technologies are dependent on a number of factors, one of which is the reaction of public opinion to the innovation concerned. Existing theories of public acceptance of controversial science-based products bases largely on European and North American case studies are divided among those which focus on public and consumer knowledge of the science involved – the ‘deficit model’ and those which stress either the need for trust in regulatory and private sector actors involved in new product development and regulation, or the significance of individual cultural norms on attitude formation. This paper examines two cases of the introduction of controversial science in Asia – wastewater re-cycling in Singapore and nanotechnology regulation in the China, in order to assess the influence of these factors in each case. Based on this comparative research, it is argued that models of public acceptance of controversial science-based products must also take into account the state’s ability to define the range of public debate as a key overall parameter of public attitude formation.

Keywords: Democratic Deficit, Regulation, Public Trust, New Technologies, Singapore, China, New Water, Nanotechnology

Suggested Citation

Jarvis, Darryl Stuart and Leong, Ching and Howlett, Michael P. and Migone, Andrea, Beyond the Individual in Controversial Science-Based Technology Attitude Formation and Regulation: The State Construction of Policy Alternatives in Asia (November 27, 2010). Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. LKYSPP10-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1717515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1717515

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Ching Leong

National University of Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Michael P. Howlett

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Andrea Migone

Simon Fraser University - Department of Political Science ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.sfu.ca/~amigone/

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