Institutional dimensions underlying public trust in information on technological risk

Nuria Gamero, Josep Espluga, Ana Prades, Christian Oltra, Rosario Solá, Jordi Farré

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This paper examines the determinants of trust in public information on technological risk in a petrochemical complex located in Tarragona (Spain). Data from focus groups (eight) and a questionnaire survey (N = 400) are drawn together to analyse how two local communities exposed to major chemical hazards perceive information on risk and its sources. Results show how trust relies on two main factors, namely expertise and trustworthiness, that are significantly influenced by a third one, antagonism. Results also illustrate the relevance of the institutional context when understanding how communities give meaning to the available information on risk. © 2011 Taylor &Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-702
JournalJournal of Risk Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • affect
  • expertise
  • perceived antagonism
  • public trust
  • technological risk


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