What is it about?

This study aims to present a more balanced perspective of risk acceptability through integrating economic individualism and social constructivism and examining the impact of trust in the national and local government on citizens’ attitudes toward risk and nuclear power plants, respectively.

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Why is it important?

This study enriches our understanding that national and local governments can play different roles in promoting citizens’ risk acceptability of a nuclear power plant.


This study contributes towards presenting a better specified causal model of risk acceptability and offers practical implications of how to promote the public’s risk acceptability of nuclear power facilities. The findings emphasize that risk studies of nuclear energy should pay attention to the social, cultural, and historical contexts of nuclear energy as well as its economic aspects when examining the determinants of risk acceptability.

Researcher in Public Affairs & Health Science Jiwon N. Speers
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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This page is a summary of: Examining the role of perceived risk and benefit, shared concern for nuclear stigmatization, and trust in governments in shaping citizen risk acceptability of a nuclear power plant, The Social Science Journal, May 2020, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/03623319.2020.1750846.
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