Risk Management in Post-Trust Society by Ragnar E Lofstedt, Ragnar E. Lofstedt, George Cvetkovich

By Ragnar E Lofstedt, Ragnar E. Lofstedt, George Cvetkovich

Danger communique is helping businesses, governments and associations reduce disputes, unravel concerns, and count on difficulties prior to they lead to an irreversible breakdown in communications. such a lot coverage makers nonetheless use superseded methods--developed at a time ahead of wellbeing and fitness scares like BSE, genetically converted organisms and dioxin in Belgian fowl feed eroded public self belief in and government--to speak guidelines and attain their targets. stable chance communique continues to be attainable, in spite of the fact that. during this ebook, by using a bunch of case reviews from 4 nations, the writer identifies a sequence of tools which are started working in a post-trust society.

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In such cases the public or interest groups are needed to participate in the regulatory process to ensure that it is fair. With regard to local regulatory issues it is usually enough to have some form of public participation (be it citizen panels, juries or advisory boards). However, when dealing with national or international regulatory issues in which the regulator is seen as unfair, interest groups will be needed even if they may actually promote more distrust in the risk management process, as the involvement of the public on national or international issues is simply impractical.

The technocratic risk management approach is well mapped out by John Graham, who argues that regulation of environmental and health problems should be based on the following criteria:52 • scientific expertise indicating that exposure to identified pollutants can represent significant harm to the environment or human health • environmental problems identified should be prioritized by some type of ‘comparative risk process’ so as to ensure efficient use of resources • to avoid risk–risk trade-offs, the proposed regulation should reduce the risks of the pollutants targeted to a greater extent than they increase other risks to the environment • economic costs of the proposed actions must be reasonably related to the degree of risk reduction In summary, regulatory reforms should be based on risk criteria drawn from economic and scientific spheres.

14 Being export dependent, Germany believes regulations passed in Germany which can have an impact on the German economy should also be passed by the EU (‘cross-national harmonization’), thereby allowing German industry to remain competitive. There are several examples of Germany pushing its regulations on to Europe, ranging from Germany’s recycling laws (DSD), to the phasing-out of lead from petrol, to EU-wide implementation of the precautionary principle; these initiatives show mixed results.

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