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Applicability and Limitations of Conflict Assessment in Science and Technology R&D Projects - The Case of Spent Fuel Management and Disposition Technologies -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2020, 16(7), pp.1-22
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2020.16.7.1
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : June 8, 2020
  • Accepted : June 30, 2020
  • Published : July 31, 2020

Hyoungjoon Jeon 1 KIM, HAK LIN 1

1단국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explores whether conflict assessment, as a major tool for preventing and resolving public conflicts, can be effectively applied to conflicts related to science and technology R&D projects. To this end, this study deals with cases of conflict on R&D projects for spent nuclear fuel processing technology. This case is the first case that adopted conflict assessment in the field of science and technology R&D project in South Korea. It is also an example of resolving conflicts as a result of implementing a neutral panel of experts (Reexamination Committee) after modifying and supplementing the conflict resolution procedures proposed in the conflict assessment during the linkage period. The analysis confirmed that an approach to give neutral science and technology experts the right to make decisions would be possible, in addition to mediation where stakeholders have the right to make decisions or public deliberation in which non-interested citizens are given the right to make decisions in the process of resolution proposed by conflict assessment. Besides, this study confirms the importance of rational linkage between conflict assessment and implementation of resolution by consultation with key stakeholders during the conflict-resolution process.

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