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Title: Citizens perceptions of trust relationships in the environmental management process in North Lebanon
Authors: Abbas, Nivine H. 
Van Der Molen, Irna
Nader, Manal 
Lovett, Jon C.
Affiliations: Department of Public Health 
Institute of Environment 
Keywords: Trust (social and political)
Citizens participation
Government legitimacy
Subjects: Cooperation
Environmental management
Issue Date: 2015
Part of: Journal of environmental planning and management
Volume: 58
Issue: 9
Start page: 1511
End page: 1529
This research investigates how trust plays a role in environmental management in North Lebanon, which has suffered repeated episodes of armed conflict in recent times. Previous studies have shown that environmental problems have increased and that the government has been unable to address these, even during periods of relative peace. We examined trust as a factor that contributes to, or hampers, environmental management. Our analysis drew on a survey in 2011 involving 499 citizens. The results demonstrated that, according to citizens, the lack of trust between citizens, and between citizens and the public sector, is a key factor obstructing effective environmental management. The results indicate the level of correlation between how trusting people are; how citizens participate; and how people perceive government legitimacy.
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.935757
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Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Public Health

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