Title
Public participation processes related to nuclear research installations : what are the driving factors behind participation intention Public participation processes related to nuclear research installations : what are the driving factors behind participation intention
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Bristol ,
Subject
Sociology
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Public understanding of science: an international journal of research in the public dimensions of science and technology. - Bristol
Volume/pages
23(2014) :3 , p. 331-347
ISSN
0963-6625
ISI
000333655000007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Abstract
This article addresses organised public participation processes related to installations for nuclear research. The aim was to determine predictors that could provide an empirical insight into the motivations underlying peoples intended level of involvement. The results highlight attitude towards participation and moral norm as the strongest predictors for participation intention. Other significant predictors were time constraints, attitude towards nuclear energy, subjective and descriptive norms, and knowledge. An opposing relationship is noted between participation intention and attitude towards nuclear energy. At the same time, people who are more knowledgeable about the nuclear domain seem more willing to get involved. The analysis also revealed that financial benefits do not influence peoples intended involvement in participation processes related to nuclear research installations. The results reported here are based on empirical data from a largescale public opinion survey (N = 1020) carried out in Belgium during MayJune 2011.
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