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The public management of risk

Lodge, Martin ORCID: 0000-0002-4273-6118 (2009) The public management of risk. Review of Policy Research, 26 (4). pp. 395-408. ISSN 1541-132X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2009.00391.x


This article argues that the public management of risk faces inherent "wicked issue" problems which are further accentuated in the context of the contemporary regulatory state. It is suggested that in order to overcome these limitations and inevitable trade-offs, there needs to be a more conscientious effort in setting out distinct components of any public management of risk, which should be considered and discussed through the lens of distinct worldviews contrasting interpretations and solutions, as well as potential "black-spots." It is only by acknowledging limitations of any one strategy and by considering plural solutions that there is less likelihood of disappointment when dealing with crises and disasters.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Policy Studies Organization
Divisions: Government
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H8 - Miscellaneous Issues > H83 - Public Administration
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2010 11:22
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 04:12

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