Public Acceptance of Nuclear Power Plants in Hosting Communities: A Multilevel System Analysis
Problems with public acceptance have resulted in significant setbacks for nuclear power plant projects in ASEAN and East Asian. Trust within the communities that host the nuclear facilities is one of the key factors expected to enhance public acceptance of nuclear energy. However, in countries with a multilevel governance system, the concept of public acceptance needs to be specified and reinforced further through open communications. By employing both a multinomial opinion leader path and direct communications models as evolved in Japan, Finland, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom, this report shows that public acceptance can be positively influenced by energy authorities and local governments.