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

@article{Rothstein2006TheIO,
  title={The institutional origins of risk: A new agenda for risk research},
  author={Henry Rothstein},
  journal={Health, Risk \& Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={8},
  pages={215 - 221}
}
  • H. Rothstein
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Political Science
  • Health, Risk & Society
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