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Energies 2018, 11(5), 1277; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11051277

The Governance of Risks in Ridesharing: A Revelatory Case from Singapore

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Department of Public Administration, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 469B Bukit Timah Road, Li Ka Shing Building, Singapore 259771, Singapore
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Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands
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School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Received: 1 April 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 16 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Governance of Sustainable Cities and Innovative Transport)
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Recently we have witnessed the worldwide adoption of many different types of innovative technologies, such as crowdsourcing, ridesharing, open and big data, aiming at delivering public services more efficiently and effectively. Among them, ridesharing has received substantial attention from decision-makers around the world. Because of the multitude of currently understood or potentially unknown risks associated with ridesharing (unemployment, insurance, information privacy, and environmental risk), governments in different countries apply different strategies to address such risks. Some governments prohibit the adoption of ridesharing altogether, while other governments promote it. In this article, we address the question of how risks involved in ridesharing are governed over time. We present an in-depth single case study on Singapore and examine how the Singaporean government has addressed risks in ridesharing over time. The Singaporean government has a strong ambition to become an innovation hub, and many innovative technologies have been adopted and promoted to that end. At the same time, decision-makers in Singapore are reputed for their proactive style of social governance. The example of Singapore can be regarded as a revelatory case study, helping us further to explore governance practices in other countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk; ridesharing; transport; governance; innovative technologies; case study; Singapore risk; ridesharing; transport; governance; innovative technologies; case study; Singapore
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