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

38 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2010 Last revised: 1 May 2013

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Michael P. Howlett

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

Ching Leong

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

D. S. L. Jarvis

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Andrea Migone

Simon Fraser University - Department of Political Science

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Date Written: December 8, 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: Regulation, New Technologies, Nanotechnology, New Water, Legitimacy, Science Based Policy, China, Singapore

JEL Classification: 038; 032; 031

Suggested Citation

Howlett, Michael P. and Leong, Ching and Jarvis, Darryl Stuart and Migone, Andrea, Beyond the Individual in Controversial Science-Based Technology Attitude Formation and Regulation: The State Construction of Policy Alternatives in Asia (December 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722055 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1722055

Michael P. Howlett (Contact Author)

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

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

Singapore 117591
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Ching Leong

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

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Darryl Stuart Jarvis

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

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Andrea Migone

Simon Fraser University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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