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Measuring perceived procedural fairness in the context of power grid expansion: A Rasch modeling approach

  • Purpose – Governments and energy operators are often confronted with opposition to the construction of new high-voltage transmission lines. Besides other factors, a potential determinant of public opposition and acceptance that has gained increasing attention is the fairness of the planning and approval procedure as perceived by the citizens. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a scale for measuring perceived procedural fairness (PPF). Design/methodology/approach – The authors developed the ten-item “perceived procedural fairness scale (PPFS)” and assessed its quality by means of item response theory. By using a Rasch rating scale model, the authors tested whether the instrument met the requirements of this kind of measurement model. For conducting their research, the authors used data from two telephone surveys in Germany that were collected in areas that are affected by grid expansion. Findings – The findings suggest that the scale can be considered a reliable and internal valid instrument for measuring citizens’ PPF. Originality/value – At the moment, there is no psychometrically rigorously evaluated scale available for measuring PPF in the context of power grid expansion. Therefore, the study contributes to filling this gap and provides a valuable tool for researchers and practitioners concerned with further investigating citizens’ PPF and its relationships with other relevant constructs in the field. Keywords - Policy, Procedural fairness, Procedural justice, Energy infrastructure, Power grid expansion, Item response theory, Rasch modelling

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Author:Christoph E. Müller, Silke I. Keil
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Energy Sector Management
Place of publication:Bingley
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2019/09/17
Reviewed Document?:Ja
First Page:85
Last Page:107
published online ahead of print
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG – es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht