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The impact of the fire in the A l'Innovation department store. Disasters and risk prevention in political-historical perspective: [De impact van de brand in grootwarenhuis A l'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.
2019 (Dutch; Flemish)In: Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, ISSN 0040-7518, E-ISSN 2352-1163, Vol. 132, no 1, p. 49-71, article id 10.5117/TVGESCH2019.1.004.EVENSArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how the fire in the Innovation department store in Brussels(1967) influenced the politics of risk management in Belgium. I rely on theframeworks of disaster and risk studies and a historical focus on temporality andactors. The Innovation fire was a decisive part of a longer political and societalprocess within Belgium’s risk community. After the disaster political changesoccurred in the domains of fire prevention regulation, coordination of first aidorganisations, and local traffic regulation. In addition the catastrophe providedan 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-termmodernisation made the catastrophe an opportunity for change. However, manyregulatory changes had already been instigated, making the disaster an acceleratorrather than a cause of change. Four actors who set the agenda and implementedthe new legislation are identified: politicians, journalists, experts, and insurancecompanies. In sum, it is argued that the Innovation disaster is a model case studyfor both disaster research and political history.

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Amsterdam: Koninklijke Van Gorcum BV (Royal Van Gorcum BV) , 2019. Vol. 132, no 1, p. 49-71, article id 10.5117/TVGESCH2019.1.004.EVENS
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fire, Innovation, Brussels, disaster, risk, risk prevention
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260520DOI: 10.5117/TVGESCH2019.1.004.EVENSISI: 000476645500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069054319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-260520DiVA, id: diva2:1355822
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Available from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-09-30 Last updated: 2019-10-14Bibliographically approved

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