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Trust Crisis and Energy Choice

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(3), pp.113-129
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.3.113
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : January 30, 2017
  • Accepted : March 9, 2017
  • Published : March 31, 2017

Jaesun Wang 1 Kim SeoYong 2

1호남대학교
2아주대학교

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ABSTRACT

Both the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 and the nuclear power plant corruption case in Korea in 2012 generated the distrust toward the existing energy system, and such distrust further influenced the choice structure on other energy sources. This study aims to analyze whether or not the trust crisis in Korea caused by those two recent events had an impact on the perceived risk about nuclear power energy and other energy choices. We use the choice between fossil energy and renewable energy as a dependent variable and the change in trust after the Fukushima accident and the nuclear corruption scandal as an independent variable. The analysis shows that the Fukushima nuclear accident influenced the choice over the two energy sources, even after controlling the perceived risk toward nuclear power energy. However, it is found that the corruption scandal did not have a direct impact on their energy choice.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.