Democratic Decision Making and the Psychology of Risk

@inproceedings{Christiansen2017DemocraticDM,
  title={Democratic Decision Making and the Psychology of Risk},
  author={A. Christiansen and Bj{\o}rn G. Hallsson},
  year={2017}
}
In many cases, the public (or large parts of it) want to restrict an activity or technology that they believe to be dangerous, but that scientific experts believe to be safe. There is thus a tension between respecting the preferences of the people and making policy based on our best scientific knowledge. Deciding how to make policy in the light of this tension requires an understanding of why citizens sometimes disagree with the experts on what is risky and what is safe. In this paper, we… Expand

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