A theory of risk colonization: The spiralling regulatory logics of societal and institutional risk

  title={A theory of risk colonization: The spiralling regulatory logics of societal and institutional risk},
  author={Henry Rothstein and Michael Huber and George Gaskell},
  journal={Economy and Society},
  pages={112 - 91}
Abstract Explanations of the growing importance of risk to regulation identify three processes; the need to respond to newly created and discovered risks; the growth of regulatory frameworks; and the use of the risk instrument as an organizing idea for decision-making in modernity. Synthesizing these explanations, we propose a theory of risk colonization. We introduce a distinction between societal and institutional risks, the former referring to threats to members of society and their… 

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