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Title: Towards regulatory acceptance for innovations
Author: Wen, Yuni
ISNI:       0000 0004 7652 5735
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is devoted to the study of innovations that are ambiguous to existing regulatory frameworks. The problem is how these ambiguous innovations achieve regulatory acceptance. I start by proposing an analogy between a social movement and the process of achieving regulatory acceptance for innovations. It enables me to introduce social movement theories to systematically explain the variation of regulatory outcomes of an innovation. I then turn to the discursive side of this problem, that is, how companies influence policymakers' interpretations of an innovation in their favor. Drawing on the framing perspective, I explore which aspect of the innovation a company chooses to promote would work for policymakers. Finally I consider how regulatory acceptance for an innovation is possible in a non-democratic setting, where companies are unable to influence policy making through democratic participation. I find that the substitute to democratic participation is to utilize the divisions within the state to push the frontier of what is permissible.
Supervisor: Thun, Eric ; Sako, Mari ; Samel, Hiram Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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