A commentary on decision-making and organisational legitimacy in the Risk Society

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dc.contributor.author Benn, Suzanne en_US
dc.contributor.author Brown, Philip en_US
dc.contributor.author North-Samardzic, Andrea en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:43:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:43:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2008007867 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Benn Suzanne, Brown Philip, and North-Samardzic Andrea 2009, 'A commentary on decision-making and organisational legitimacy in the Risk Society', Academic Press Ltd Elsevier Science Ltd, vol. 90, no. 4, pp. 1655-1662. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4797 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/8545
dc.description.abstract Key concepts of Risk Society as elaborated by Ulrich Beck and others (Beck, U., 1992 (trans. Mark Ritter). The Risk Society. Sage Publications, London. Beck, U., 1995, Ecological Politics in the Age of Risk. Polity Press, Cambridge. Beck, U., 1999, World Risk Society. Polity Press, Cambridge. Giddens, A., 1994, Beyond Left and Right. Polity Press, Oxford. Beck, U., Giddens, A. and Lash, S., 1994, Reflexive Modernisation: Politics, Tradition and Aesthetics in the Modern Social Order. Stanford University Press, Stanford. Beck, U., Bonss, W. and Lau, C., 2003, Theory, Culture & Society 2003, Sage, London, 20(2), pp. 1-33.) are illuminated though a case study of managed environmental risk, namely the hexachlorobenzene (HCB) controversy at Botany, a southeast suburb of Sydney. We observe the way Multiple stakeholder decision-making plays out a number of Risk Society themes, including the emergence of 'unbounded risk'and of highly 'individualised' and 'reflexive' risk communities. Across several decades, the events of the HCB story support Risk Society predictions of legitimacy problems faced by corporations as they harness technoscientific support for innovation in their products and industrial processes without due recognition of social and environmental risk. Tensions involving identity, trust and access to expert knowledge advance our understanding of democratic 'sub-political' decision-making and ways of distributing environmental risk. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Academic Press Ltd Elsevier Science Ltd en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.021 en_US
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Environmental Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Environmental Management, [VOL 90, ISSUE 4, (2009)] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.021 en_US
dc.title A commentary on decision-making and organisational legitimacy in the Risk Society en_US
dc.parent Journal of Environmental Management en_US
dc.journal.volume 90 en_US
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation London en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1655 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1662 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Faculty of Business en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150300 en_US
dc.personcode 000554 en_US
dc.personcode 0000018515 en_US
dc.personcode 99062729 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Business and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000264634600013 en_US
dc.description.keywords Individualisation; Sub-politics; Risk Society; Reflexivity en_US

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