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India's RisksDemocratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values$
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Raphaelle Moor and M.V. Rajeev Gowda

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450459.001.0001

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Before and After Fukushima

Before and After Fukushima

The Many Fronts of Managing the Nuclear Power Option

(p.250) 11 Before and After Fukushima
India's Risks

Marc Poumadère

Oxford University Press

Chapter 11 points to the complex spectrum of technical, social, political, economic, organizational, and psychological issues that India must examine in shaping its path on nuclear energy. There has not yet been any serious research on the reasons underlying the Indian public’s appreciation of nuclear energy, how they respond to the Government’s framing of the issue of nuclear energy, and their attitude towards scientists/experts. The range of risk perception studies that this chapter presents on Western publics’ diverse reactions to nuclear energy, both before and after Fukushima, may be useful for India to take on board. This chapter particularly stresses that for India to design appropriate deliberation mechanisms, effective risk communication strategies, and a contextually appropriate safety culture, these must be rooted in an understanding of India’s cultural dimensions at the national and local level, as well as amongst communities neighbouring nuclear power plants and NPP workers.

Keywords:   nuclear energy, risk perceptions, risk communication, public deliberation, Fukushima, culture, organizational safety culture

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