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De impact van de brand in de Innovation: Rampen en risicopreventie in politiek-historisch perspectief
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1510-3929
2019 (Dutch; Flemish)In: Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, ISSN 0040-7518, E-ISSN 2352-1163, Vol. 132, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article examines how the Innovation department store fire in Brussels (1967) influenced thepolitics of risk management in Belgium. To do this, I rely on the combination of disaster and riskstudies frameworks and a historical focus on temporality and actors. On the one hand, it is revealedthat the Innovation fire was a decisive part of a longer political and societal process within theBelgian risk society. After the disaster, political changes occurred in the domains of fire preventionregulation, coordination of first aid organisations, and local traffic regulation. In addition, thecatastrophe was an opportunity for Brussels’ city planners. The perception of the fire as a nationaldisaster, abundant media coverage, and a public debate on the risks of long-term modernisationrendered the catastrophe an opportunity for change. However, many regulatory changes had alreadybeen instigated earlier, making the disaster an accelerator rather than a catalyst of change. On theother hand, four actors who set the agenda and implemented the new legislation, are identified:politicians, journalists, experts and insurance companies. In sum, it is argued that the Innovationdisaster is a model case study for both disaster research and political history.

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Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2019. Vol. 132, no 1
Keywords [nl]
brand, innovation, brussel, belgie, risico, preventie, ramp
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-245212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-245212DiVA, id: diva2:1294346
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Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-03-07 Last updated: 2019-03-12Bibliographically approved

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