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Asymmetries in risk communication
Department of Philosophy and the History of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
2006 (English)In: Risk Management: An International Journal, ISSN 1460-3799, E-ISSN 1743-4637, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of risk communication has come to comprise more than conveying technical or scientific information to the public. It can also include newer forms such as public participation, joint decision-making, and two-way dialogue forums. Previous discussions on risk communication have distinguished between two different approaches, namely the democratic versus the technical one. In the present paper, it is argued that despite these recent attempts to widen the scope and objectives of risk communication, risk communication is primarily, in most cases, a relationship between unequal parties. This inequality is analysed through a threefold distinction of asymmetries in terms of communicative initiative, informational privilege, and risk influence. A preliminary model for understanding the different inequalities in the risk communication situation is developed.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-15
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risk communication, democratic approach, two-way communication, influence, asymmetry
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140320DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.rm.8250002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-140320DiVA, id: diva2:1147042
Available from: 2017-10-04 Created: 2017-10-04 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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