The expectation that the technical expert's fiduciary duties would be upheld was questioned by some GLSP participants (particularly by those in the neighbourhood groups).
The issue of expected technical competence was also brought to the fore at several points in the GLSP. Trust in technical expertise is difficult to maintain in the risk society because of the increased lay awareness of the inherent uncertainties involved in environmental impact science.
From the above, we can see that lack of trust in both the technical competence and the fiduciary responsibility of the experts was clearly evident in the GLSP. Such circumstances gave rise to what is known as a suspicion awareness context (Glaser and Strauss, 1964).
But, what is notable about the occurrence of these factors in the GLSP is that their presence is symptomatic of an underlying quality of trust in the risk society.
The lack of trust in experts evident in the GLSP may also reflect the broader societal trend of the general decline in deference to professionals (see for example Fischer, 1990; Coleman, 1990; Lasch, 1984; Waller, 1994).
In this sense, the GLSP represents a response to the recognized need to share decision-making power.
This is seen most clearly in the matter of risk distribution, which in the GLSP was conceived in terms of social equity (in regard to the arguments put forth by the Victoria Road group).
It seems that although some of the elites' decision-making power was shared in the GLSP, for some this was simply not adequate.
In this connection, Leiss and Chociolko (1994: 211) observe that consensus-driven, multi-stakeholder processes, such as the GLSP, are gradually receiving explicit support from Canadian government agencies and may in fact be gaining a base of popular support.
Abstract: This paper investigates the role of trust in mediating the expert-lay interactions that took place in the recent Guelph Landfill Search Process (GLSP).
Resume: Cette etude examine le role de la confiance en la mediation des interactions entre experts et profanes qui ont recemment eu lieu au Guelph Landfill Search Process (GLSP).
I then will provide an overview of the GLSP, which will in turn be followed by a discussion of the significance of trust in the expert-lay interactions observed.