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The changing nature of communication and regulation of risk in Europe

Ragnar Lofstedt, Frederic Bouder, Jamie Wardman and Sweta Chakraborty

Journal of Risk Research, 2011, vol. 14, issue 4, 409-429

Abstract: The regulation and communication of risk have changed significantly over the past 20 years or so, partially as a result of a number of regulatory scandals in Europe and elsewhere, which have led to greater public distrust of regulators and policy-makers. This increase in public distrust has resulted in a phasing-out of consensual-style regulation, and the emergence of a newer model of regulation based on variables including public participation, transparency and increasingly powerful non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This paper discusses some of the consequences of adopting this new model of regulation through a series of case studies.

Date: 2011
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