Risk governance

Concept and application to technological risk

Authored by: Ortwin Renn and Andreas Klinke

Routledge Handbook of Risk Studies

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022867
eBook ISBN: 9781315776835
Adobe ISBN: 9781317691662


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Risk governance refers to a complex of coordinating, steering and regulatory processes conducted for collective decision making involving uncertainty (Rosa et al., 2013: 6). Risk sets this collection of processes in motion whenever the risk impacts multiples of people, collectivities or institutions. Governance comprises both the institutional structure (formal and informal) and the policy process that guide and restrain collective activities of individuals, groups and societies. Its aim is to regulate, reduce or control risk problems.

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