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Nine Risk Regulation Regimes Compared

Christopher Hood, Henry Rothstein and Robert Baldwin

in The Government of Risk

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199243631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599507 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243638.003.0003
 Nine Risk Regulation Regimes Compared

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Uses the analytic framework developed in Ch. 2 to compare nine different risk regulation regimes, bringing out their similarities and differences. Those risks include attacks by dangerous dogs outside the home, exposure to radon at home and work, benzene in the air and in the workplace, paedophile offenders released from custody, local road safety, and exposure to pesticide residues in food and water. Analysis of those regimes provides empirical evidence that there are substantial differences between the regulation of different risks and even the same risks within different contexts. Those variations are not easily explained by historical ‘big picture’ theories, such as the risk society thesis. Instead, investigation of the revealed variations between regimes suggests a need for more systematic and nuanced explanations.

Keywords: air pollution; dangerous dogs; paedophiles; pesticides; radon; risk regulation; risk society; road safety

Chapter.  9701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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