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Who Are True Believers? - Analyzing the Determinants of Trust in Rumors about Nuclear Power Energy -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(1), pp.17-32
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.1.17
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : December 13, 2016
  • Accepted : January 17, 2017
  • Published : January 31, 2017

Ji Hye Kim 1 Kim SeoYong 1

1아주대학교

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ABSTRACT

After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, public attention on nuclear energy has increased and various rumors have circulated on the internet. Information from rumors increased people’s fear, which forced them to resist nuclear power energy development. Thus, people tended to oppose additional construction of nuclear power plants in local areas, and doubt about the governmental policy of nuclear power energy. It is so critical to suppress intense rumors for effective implementation of nuclear policies. This study explored the determinants for trust in rumors about nuclear power energy. Positive determinants include perceived risk, stigma, conformity, information usefulness, Identity, anonymity, social capital, and trust in sources, while negative determinants include perceived benefit and trust in government. Our paper gives the empirical evidence for factors to induce the trust in the rumors.

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