Risk And Governance

Elizabeth Fisher

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Risk And Governance

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This article examines the relationship between the concepts of risk and governance. It provides an overview of the diverse ways risk is deployed in governing and highlights four different contexts in which risk is utilized as a concept. The article considers the relationship between risk and different forms of governance, evaluates how risk can be a technique of governance, and mentions that the use of risk has not been limited to the realms of governance and that it can be argued that it has been primarily utilized in the context of traditional forms of government. It also stresses the need for governance scholars to reflect more critically on aspects of what they study, in particular, the role of knowledge.

Keywords: risk; governance; government; governance scholars; knowledge

Article.  6004 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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