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The changing nature of communication and regulation of risk in Europe

By Ragner Lofstedt, Frederic Bouder, Jamie K. Wardman and Sweta Chakraborty


The regulation and communication of risk has changed significantly over the past 20 years or so, partially as a result of a number of regulatory scandals in Europe and elsewhere (Lofstedt 2004: Majone and Everson 2001; Sunstein 2005), which have led to public distrust of regulators and policy makers. \ud \ud 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). \ud \ud This paper discusses some of the consequences of adopting this new model of regulation through a series of case studies

Topics: L220 Political Systems, C800 Psychology, C810 Applied Psychology
Publisher: Risk and Regulation Advisory Council
Year: 2009
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