Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155034
Authors: 
Recchia, Virginia
Year of Publication: 
1999
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 81.1999
Abstract: 
Research on risk communication relates basic risk perception studies to the formulation of policies, the currently evolving legislation dealing with hazards, the key issues of public involvement, the risk and environmental management. Risk communication is a relatively new field based on a sociological approach. The discipline comes from risk perception studies (psychological approach), which try to investigate how the public is influenced by certain variables in perceiving risk as "acceptable" or not. Risk communication involves some aspects of risk analysis methodology, since it results that also the technical analysis is influenced by the co-operation between the actors involved. The research project includes two aspects: a theoretic approach on risk communication (Part one) and a case study (Part two). The analysed case is relative to a movement plant of petroleum products. The method used for the analysis foresees a review of the main findings about risk perception and communication: mostly about the factors, which influence the public perception of risk. On the basis of these factors a content analysis of technical documents, of local newspapers, and of public documents and reports was carried out. The main objective of this project is to establish recommendations and proposals for a communication strategy aimed at consensual decision making. This strategy would act on awareness and/or equilibrium in risk perception, as a condition necessary to achieve consensus.
Subjects: 
Risk
acceptability
perception
environment
consensus
actors
stakeholders
hazard
public
local community
variable
communication
environmental communication
risk perception
risk analysis
risk management
consensus building
technological hazards
stakeholder analysis
risk acceptability
public involvement
siting/localisation of hazardous facilities
chronic risk
acute risk
toxic emissions
emergency plan
dilemmas
JEL: 
A14
D74
L15
Q2
Q3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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