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The relationship between public trust in government and citizens' attitude towards NIMBY facilities

[Speaker] Chen, Lijun:1
[Co-author] Zhu, Leirui:1, Ke, Peihua:1
1:Zhejiang University (China (People's Republic of China))

Mass accidents regarding to NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) facilities have become a significant challenge to Chinese government. Taking the trash incinerators as the example, we suggested that public trust in local government and central government, public trust in the trash incinerator company, fairness perception of the government policy-making and citizens' risk perception to the trash incinerators may affect the citizens' attitude towards the trash incinerators. We investigated 2500 local residents in Zhejiang Province, eventually got 1133 valid samples. After analyzing we verified that public trust in local government, central government and the trash incinerator company positively affect the citizens' attitude towards the trash incinerators. Meanwhile, citizens' risk perceptions to the trash incinerators negatively impact their attitude towards the trash incinerators. However fairness perception of the government policy-making turns out to be irrelevant to the citizens' attitude towards the trash incinerators. Then the implication, limitation and further research direction are discussed.
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