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Confluence and contours: reflexive management of environmental risk

Soane, Emma ORCID: 0000-0001-6090-1212, Schubert, Iljana, Pollard, Simon, Rocks, Sophie and Black, Edgar (2016) Confluence and contours: reflexive management of environmental risk. Risk Analysis, 36 (6). 1090 - 1107. ISSN 0272-4332

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Identification Number: 10.1111/risa.12521


Government institutions have responsibilities to distribute risk management funds meaningfully and to be accountable for their choices. We took a macro-level sociological approach to understanding the role of government in managing environmental risks, and insights from micro-level psychology to examine individual-level risk-related perceptions and beliefs. Survey data from 2179 UK citizens showed that lay people's funding preferences were associated positively with beliefs about responsibility and trust, yet associations with perception varied depending on risk type. Moreover, there were risk-specific differences in the funding preferences of the lay sample and 29 policy makers. A laboratory based study of 109 participants examined funding allocation in more detail through iterative presentation of expert information. Quantitative and qualitative data revealed a meso-level framework comprising three types of decision makers who varied in their willingness to change funding allocation preferences following expert information: adaptors, responders and resistors. This research highlights the relevance of integrated theoretical approaches to understanding the policy process, and the benefits of reflexive dialogue to managing environmental risks.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 08:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:12
Projects: FP0101, EP/G022682/1
Funders: Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council

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