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Politicians and public risk

Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, October 2009


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Resource IDrrac2009
Resource titlePoliticians and public risk
Author(s)Galina Andreeva, Jake Ansell, Tina Harrison
Publication/ sourceRisk and Regulation Advisory Council
Date publishedOctober 2009
Summary text/ abstractThis paper focuses on politicians in government but many of the observations apply to other politicians. Politicians' motivations are complex but represent the wish to ensure that their message is carried to the public. In the context of public risk they wish to be seen as responding appropriately. They are often closer in perception of public risks to the public than to the 'experts', though, they may diverge on particular issues and may lead public opinion on others. The media plays a significant role in terms of coverage of politicians' actions. Other groups will also have an impact such as lobbyists and the public. There is a need to understand the triggers that lead to the development of public risk and aspects of how they develop over time.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Politics, Toxics, Waste
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