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Abstract

Engineers have always proposed only those technologies they believed to be "safe". Nevertheless, some technologies have encountered public opposition which has delayed implementation or even blocked it completely; other, emerging, technologies face similar prospects. Since earlier claims of safety on the part of experts were either not believed, or safety was not even the main cause of concern, it seems unlikely that public groups will be convinced by assertions that, this time, the technologies in question are "inherently safe". This paper uses insights gained from earlier social science research on public perceptions of risky technologies as background for a discussion of how physical, institutional and procedural aspects of technologies might be designed to improve their social acceptability.

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Authors: OTWAY M JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: SAFE TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, LAXENBURG (AUSTRIA), MAY 11-12, 1987 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 33516 ORA
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Record Number: 1989126000500 / Last updated on: 1988-02-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en