Asymmetries in risk communication
2006 (English)In: Risk management, ISSN 1460-3799, Vol. 8, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 8, 1-15 p.
risk communication, democratic approach, two-way communication, influence, asymmetry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5764DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.rm.8250002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5764DiVA: diva2:10246
QC 20100713. Uppdaterad från In press till Published 20100713.2006-05-192006-05-192010-07-13Bibliographically approved