Special Issue: Environment and Risks

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

Author Info
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.

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.

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