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The Public Management of Risk: The Case for Deliberating among Worldviews


  • Martin Lodge


This article argues that the public management of risk faces inherent “wicked issue” problems which are further accentuated in the context of the contemporary regulatory state. It is suggested that in order to overcome these limitations and inevitable trade‐offs, there needs to be a more conscientious effort in setting out distinct components of any public management of risk, which should be considered and discussed through the lens of distinct worldviews contrasting interpretations and solutions, as well as potential “black‐spots.” It is only by acknowledging limitations of any one strategy and by considering plural solutions that there is less likelihood of disappointment when dealing with crises and disasters.

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  • Martin Lodge, 2009. "The Public Management of Risk: The Case for Deliberating among Worldviews," Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Organization, vol. 26(4), pages 395-408, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revpol:v:26:y:2009:i:4:p:395-408
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2009.00391.x

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