risk communication

Public Trust and Risk Perceptions: A Preliminary Study of Taiwan's GMOs, 2003-2004

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Chou Kuei Tien
Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University.

This paper mainly discusses public perceptions and attitudes towards genetically modified organism (GMO) disputes by comparing the results of two annual national telephone surveys. The themes of the surveys include risk perception, risk assessment, risk communication, public participation, and public trust, and they examined the public's attitudes towards general GMO knowledge, GMO policy, and GMO risk, as well as the government's ability to engage in GMO risk governance.

Citation: 
Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 4 (April 2007), 151-178

Risk Communication and Public Participation: A Case Study of Building Hsih-Chu's Science-based Industrial Park in I-lan

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Wen-Ling Tu, Li-Wen Shih, Ting-I Huang
Assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University; Research assistant, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University; Graduate student, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University

Public participation and risk communication have become important components in environmental decision-making processes. However, public opposition and mistrust during risk communication often cripple policy-making processes. This case study examines risk communications on high-tech environmental controversies in three public forums (an Environmental Impact Assessment public hearing, a social protest, and a citizens' conference). This paper argues that policy-makers' technocratic tendency prevents them from communicating effectively with the public about environmental risk.

Citation: 
Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 71-110.
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