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Analysing complicity in risk

Busby, J S (2008) Analysing complicity in risk. Risk Analysis, 28 (6). pp. 1571-1582. ISSN 0272-4332

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    When risks generate anger rather than fear, there is at least someone who regards the imposition of those risks as wrongdoing; and it then makes sense to speak of the involvement in producing those risks as complicity. It is particularly relevant to examine the complicity of risk bearers, because this is likely to have a strong influence on how far other actors should go in providing them with protection. This article makes a case for analyzing complicity explicitly, in parallel with normal processes of risk assessment, and proposes a framework for this analysis. It shows how it can be applied in a case study of maritime transportation, and examines the practical and theoretical difficulties of this kind of analysis. The conclusion is that the analysis has to be formative rather than summative, but that it could provide a useful way of exposing differences in the assumptions of different actors about agency and responsibility.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Risk Analysis
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
    ID Code: 45270
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:29
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:15
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