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Attitudes to Gene Technology : The Significance of Trust in Institutions

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Subtitle: The Significance of Trust in Institutions

Author list: RASHID S, ÖHMAN S, OLOFSSON A, OLOFSSON A, ÖHMAN S, RASHID S

Publication year: 2006

Start page: 601

End page: 624

Number of pages: 24

ISSN: 1461-6696

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616690601002707

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Abstract

This is a study of the relationship between trust in institutions and attitudes to gene technology in general, and GM food and stem cell research in particular. The role of so-called active trust is emphasised, meaning that trust is neither conceived as a trait nor a one-dimensional concept. The study uses data from a Eurobarometer survey of gene technology in Europe, conducted in 2002. Peoples attitudes in five European counties, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom are compared, and the significance of trust in institutions in these countries is investigated. The results show that trust in institutions has an impact on attitudes to gene technology. Trust in experts, stakeholders and official bodies are associated with positive attitudes to GM food and stem cell research, whereas trust in Non-Governmental Organisations is associated with negative perceptions of these technologies. This confirms the significant role of active trust.


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