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Study Findings from Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology Provide New Insights into Energy Policy (Exploring the Role of Cultural Individualism and Collectivism On Public Acceptance of Nuclear Energy)

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2019 SEP 19 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Daily News -- Current study results on Energy - Energy Policy have been published. According to news originating from Hefei, People’s Republic of China, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Public acceptance (PA) is nowadays essential for the sustainable development of nuclear energy and becomes an important issue for research community. Although some studies had investigated the factors influencing PA of nuclear energy, few researches were founded to verify the impact of cultural values.”

Financial supporters for this research include Project of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Supervision of National Nuclear Safety Administration, Informatization Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Anhui Provincial Special Project for High Technology Industry, Special Project of Youth Innovation Promotion Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China.

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, “This research proposed a theoretical model to explore how individualism and collectivism, as an important dimension of culture, moderated the relevance between perceived risk/benefit and PA. A questionnaire survey was conducted nationwide in China whose number of under-construction nuclear power plants ranks first in the world, and received 887 valid responses. The analysis of moderating effect showed individualism weakened the relevance between perceived benefit and PA, whereas collectivism had no significant moderating role on the relevance between perceived benefit and PA. Collectivism strengthened the relevance between perceived risk and PA, whereas individualism had no significant moderating role on the relevance between perceived risk and PA. Moreover, perceived benefit was confirmed to be a more important predictor for PA than perceived risk.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “The abovementioned findings could not only provide new insights that help to understand the difference in energy policies between China and the developed countries, but also provide new reference and guidance for the future policymaking.”

For more information on this research see: Exploring the Role of Cultural Individualism and Collectivism On Public Acceptance of Nuclear Energy. Energy Policy, 2019;132():208-215. Energy Policy can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Energy Policy - http://www.journals.elsevier.com/energy-policy/)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Y.Z. Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Key Lab Neutron & Radiat Safety, Hefei 230031, Anhui, People’s Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include D.Q. Xia, Y.L. He, T.T. Zhang, Y.L. Wang and J.B. Gu.

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2019.05.014. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.

 

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