Perception of nuclear energy and coal in France and the Netherlands

O. Wiegman, Jan M. Gutteling, Bernard Cadet

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This study focuses on the perception of large scale application of nuclear energy and coal in the Netherlands and France. The application of these energy-sources and the risks and benefits are judged differently by various group in society. In Europe, France has the highest density of nuclear power plants and the Netherlands has one of the lowest. In both countries scientists and social scientists completed a questionnaire assessing the perception of the large scale application of both energy sources. Furthermore, a number of variables relating to the socio cultural and political circumstances were measured. The results indicate that the French had a higher risk perception and a more negative attitude toward nuclear power than the Dutch. But they also assess the benefits of the use of nuclear power to be higher. Explanations for these differences are discussed.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)513-521
JournalRisk analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • cross-national
  • coal
  • nuclear power
  • Risk Perception
  • IR-71173
  • METIS-148952

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