The institutional origins of risk: A new agenda for risk research

  title={The institutional origins of risk: A new agenda for risk research},
  author={Henry Rothstein},
  journal={Health, Risk \& Society},
  pages={215 - 221}
  • H. Rothstein
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Political Science
  • Health, Risk & Society
Abstract The emergence of risk as an organizing concept for regulation and governance has been the subject of considerable comment and debate, most notably in relation to Ulrich Beck's Risk Society thesis. This editorial, however, argues that contemporary preoccupations with risk are driven less by a changing distribution of real, or imagined, ills in society, than by a changing distribution of ills in governance. It argues that the inevitable difficulty of managing threats to society (societal… 

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