Title: Assessment of stakeholders' trust in governmental decisions-making regarding environmental problems

Authors: Sorin R. Straja, Betty R. Love, A. Alan Moghissi

Addresses: Institute for Regulatory Science, P.O. Box 7166, Alexandria, VA 22307, USA. ' Institute for Regulatory Science, P.O. Box 7166, Alexandria, VA 22307, USA. ' Institute for Regulatory Science, P.O. Box 7166, Alexandria, VA 22307, USA

Abstract: The stakeholders are categorised into five groups: personally impacted, administratively impacted, generally concerned, process concerned and the remainder of the public. The assessment of stakeholders| trust in governmental decisions regarding environmental problems should be performed separately for each one of these five groups, using the Meyer|s five-item (i.e. fairness, bias, data presentation, accuracy and trust) five-choice index. A high priority in the design of the risk communication programmes should be to address the concerns of the personally impacted stakeholders.

Keywords: stakeholders; stakeholer trust; government decisions; environmental policy; fairness; bias; data presentation; accuracy; trust; risk communication; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2008.020667

International Journal of Environment and Health, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.239 - 257

Published online: 08 Oct 2008 *

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