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An Application of Actor-Network Theory to Understanding the Policy on Particulate Matter and its Implications

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(3), pp.43-53
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.3.43
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : February 4, 2017
  • Accepted : February 27, 2017
  • Published : March 31, 2017

kim chulmin 1 CHOI, CHOONGIK 1

1강원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study attempts to apply actor-network theory (ANT) to the policy on particulate matter implemented by the Korean government for the past 10 years in order to make some implications. As for the empirical analysis, the policies were classified by the four sources of particulate matter: stationary source, mobile source, energy production source and overseas pollution source. The result of this study shows that all actors except a diesel particulate filter trap (DPF) have denied an alliance with the Ministry of Environment and thus their networks have been partially disconnected. Interestingly, a black box has been developed between actors within active networks, obstructing its recovery and extension. The findings of this research support that the black box should be disjointed and the obligatory passage point needs to be readjusted to prevent the policy failure.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.