This dissertation explains why flood risk is not an item in the Netherlands. After problems with rivers in 1993 and 1995, the Dutch government decided to stimulate public communication on water safety and public participation in water safety projects. This would increase the water awareness of citizens and enhance risk-conscious behaviour. Research now shows the unexpected and undesirable side-effects of this policy: indignation, apathy and loss of public trust. According to Heems and Kothuis, the ‘safety myth of dry feet’ is the cause of the failing government policy: knowing that there is no absolute guarantee, but at the same time believing that the Delta Works guarantee dry feet. Denying this widespread myth is necessary for social anchoring of the desired attitude towards water safety.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Sep 2012|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
- water safety
- safety myth