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Trust, risk perception, and policy-making in drinking water problems

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  • Trust, risk perception, and policy-making in drinking water problems
  • You, Seungkwon; Jang, Jiho
  • Korean Social Science Research Council


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Title Trust, risk perception, and policy-making in drinking water problems
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You, Seungkwon; Jang, Jiho

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[Seoul, South Korea]:Korean Social Science Research Council

Date 2006
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Social Science Journal:vol. 33(no. 2)
Pages 36
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Territorial Development < Environment
Holding Korean Social Science Research Council

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate how environ-mental risks associated with water problems are identified and assessed among Korean elites and general population. By doing so, this study is expected to introduce how the Koreans focus on different dimensions of the risks in korea. Although Korea has improved its quality of life significantly as the country has developed, people do not trust the quality of tap water that they drink everyday. Despite efforts made by the government, the public hasn`t shown any confidence in water quality, due to as series of environmental accidents in the 1990s that included carcinogen detection in tap water and phenol flows into Nak-Tong river in South Kyong-Sang province. Using Q method, this study finds different environmental risk perceptions among elites and citizens and provides rich exploratory information about existing values in tap water problems, which will be significant information to policy makers. The study finds three different types among Korean elites and citizens. First group is Anti-Captitalist, Techno-Skepticist, Critical Environmentalists. Second group is pro-technology, Optimistic Modernists, and finally, Political ecologists and Distrustful Modernists are the last group.