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Discourses of Risk, Citizen Activism, and the Waste Facility Siting Controversy

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Mei-Fang Fan
Department of Public Administration & Institute of Public Policy

Regulation and risk management in Taiwan are dominated by technocracy. Although the Environmental Impact Assessment Law was approved in 1994 to regulate development projects and to standardize the criteria for its implementation, the lay public does not have much opportunity to participate in the process. Those residents who oppose siting waste facilities in their communities tend to be stigmatized as promoting self-interest and as being irrational and ignorant.

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 43-70.
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