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Five Types of Risky Situation

Wolff, J; (2010) Five Types of Risky Situation. Law, Innovation and Technology , 2 (2) 151 - 163. 10.5235/175799610794046177. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper I attempt to contribute to the debate concerning public safety and the regulation of risk by distinguishing five paradigm types of risky situation. The classification is derived analytically, developing the work of Hélène Hermansson and Sven Ove Hansson. It is suggested that situations falling into some categories are inherently more troubling than those falling into others, and thus in greater need of regulation. However, where successful, regulation transforms a situation from belonging to one category to another, and in doing so reduces the ethical difficulties with the imposition of risk. In fact, it will be argued, many of the risks of ordinary life can be analysed as having been transformed in such a way. Unfortunately, however, the approach does not solve the most difficult cases; those often arising from significant technological developments, which pose unquantifiable but possibly catastrophic risks.

Type: Article
Title: Five Types of Risky Situation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5235/175799610794046177
Publisher version: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/hart/lit/201...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the pre-print version of the article. The full text can be downloaded at : http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/175799610794046177
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1359912
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