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Risk regulation under pressure: problem solving or blame shifting?

Hood, Christopher and Rothstein, Henry (2001) Risk regulation under pressure: problem solving or blame shifting? Administration and Society, 33 (1). pp. 21-53. ISSN 1552-3039

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Identification Number: 10.1177/00953990122019677


This paper explores a style-phase model of staged organizational responses to external pressure for change against two competing hypotheses, focusing on demands for greater openness and transparency. A study of six risk regulation regimes in the UK revealed that only half were exposed to substantial pressures of this type. Responses of organizations in the ‘high-pressure’ regimes were varied, but the overall pattern was consistent with a mixture of an autopoietic and staged-response hypothesis stressing blame-prevention, and the paper accordingly presents a hybrid ‘Catherine-wheel’ model of the observed pattern. The paper concludes by discussing the implications for policy outcomes.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 01:56

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