Nuclear Risk Governance Post-Fukushima Daiichi: Policy Learning to Reduce Radiation Risk
Post-Chernobyl, an important insight for policy learning was that nuclear risks open up the scope for innovative approaches to risk governance. One proposal was the integration of expert and lay knowledge to enhance policy legitimacy and competency in regard to technology choices and the management of their risks. The Fukushima disaster—with numerous implications for nuclear energy safety, siting, radiation risk, and risk communication and management in contemporary contexts of good governance—strengthened this proposition dramatically. Radiation risk attracted high citizen distrust of government, marked loss of support for nuclear power, and broad international concern. This paper address this context and suggest policy lessons to reduce radiation risk from future nuclear accidents.
Proceedings of the Hiroshima University Phoenix Leader Education Program (Hiroshima Initiative) for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster: The 3rd International Symposium