Technology and Risk

Henry Rothstein

in The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199230952
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Technology and Risk

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This article looks at the character of risk politics in the UK and contemporary governmental responses. It then goes on to consider why risk has become such a significant concept for governance across policy domains and organizational settings, and it examines what this tells about the character and future of UK risk governance more generally. Moreover, the emergence of risk as an organizing principle of governance is described. The article also discusses the factors influencing the politics and governance of risks linked with scientific and technological innovation in the UK. Risk has proved valuable as a way of framing policy problems that reflexively manages the negative institutional externalities of governance itself, and in so doing has transformed problems not conventionally understood as risks into risk problems.

Keywords: risk politics; UK; governance; contemporary government; policy; technology

Article.  8110 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; UK Politics

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