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Can Political Trust Weaken the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Threats and Perceived Nuclear Threats? Evidence from South Korea

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Department of Public Administration and Social Welfare, Chosun University, Gwangju 61452, Korea
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Department of Public Administration, Inha University, Incheon 22212, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9816; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189816
Received: 5 August 2021 / Revised: 12 September 2021 / Accepted: 15 September 2021 / Published: 17 September 2021
As environmental movements rage, how to handle nuclear power plants has become a hotly contested issue globally. While concerns about nuclear power plants are warranted, nuclear power plants may play a crucial role in climate change discourse. In this context, this study examines the connections between individuals’ perceived environmental threats and their perceptions of the environmental threats posed by nuclear power plants (perceived nuclear threats). In particular, the study explores whether such connections are moderated by individuals’ level of political trust, such that political trust helps weaken perceptions of threats individuals may feel from nuclear power plants. Using the 2014 Korean General Social Survey and ordered probit, this study confirmed that individuals’ perceived environmental threats were positively associated with their perceived nuclear threats. Additionally, individuals with a high level of trust in the government can help alleviate the positive link between individuals’ perceived environmental threats and perceived nuclear threats. View Full-Text
Keywords: perceived environmental threats; perceived nuclear threats; political trust perceived environmental threats; perceived nuclear threats; political trust
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Lim, J.; Moon, K.-K. Can Political Trust Weaken the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Threats and Perceived Nuclear Threats? Evidence from South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9816. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189816

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Lim J, Moon K-K. Can Political Trust Weaken the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Threats and Perceived Nuclear Threats? Evidence from South Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9816. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189816

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Lim, Jaeyoung, and Kuk-Kyoung Moon. 2021. "Can Political Trust Weaken the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Threats and Perceived Nuclear Threats? Evidence from South Korea" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9816. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189816

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