Limits of Knowledge and the Limited Importance of Trust

  title={Limits of Knowledge and the Limited Importance of Trust},
  author={Lennart Sj{\"o}berg},
  journal={Risk Analysis},
  • L. Sjöberg
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • Political Science
  • Risk Analysis
Perceived risk and related attitudes have been implicated as major factors in many of the difficult policy problems that face modern society (nuclear power, genetically modified food, etc). Experts often argue that no or very small risks are involved; people are still worried. Why? The standard answer is lack of trust. Data on trust and risk perception, however, point to only a weak relationship between the two (r approximately 0.3). It is suggested here that the reason for the surprisingly… 

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