Building and breaking a bridge of trust in a Superfund site remediation (journal article)
Danielson, S., S.L. Santos, T. Webler, and S.P. Tuler. 2008. Building and breaking a bridge of trust in a Superfund site remediation, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues 8(1-2):45-60.

Publication Abstract

Trust is widely recognized as a key variable in perceptions and decision making about environmental risks. However, most considerations of trust treat it as a simple two-agent relationship. Based on an analysis of a contaminated site cleanup in New Jersey, we identify a more complex construction of trust formed between multiple stakeholders. We refer to this construction as “bridging”. In the case study presented, two distrusting stakeholders were able to achieve cooperation through moderate links of trust with two intermediaries. We then show how this bridge of trust can be broken by the formation of too much trust, as the intermediaries come to be seen by one distrusting stakeholder as co-opted by the other.

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