Edited by Alberto Alemanno
Alberto Alemanno The speciﬁc analytical focus of the volume is the notion of emergency risk regulation, i.e. regulatory action undertaken in the immediacy of a disaster in order to mitigate its impact. By retrospectively looking at what happened during the European volcanic ash crisis and other recent contingencies, contributors from a variety of disciplines – including sociology, economics, political science, moral philosophy, management, risk analysis and law – consider the regulatory dilemmas characterizing emergency risk situations. The objective of this edited volume is twofold: (1) understanding which are the main features and challenges of emergency risk regulation; (2) examining the use of scientiﬁc advice and evidence when authorities are put under great pressure to deal with atypical situations. Moreover, this volume also has a wider goal. By generalizing some of the most salient features of the volcanic ash crisis and other recent emergencies, this book proactively suggests how the lessons learned can affect other regulatory systems that might be faced with similar emergencies. The recent European volcanic ash crisis epitomizes the general problem of emergency response in a world of uncertain manufactured and natural risks. A cloud of volcanic ash preventing travelling across an entire continent probably neither featured in the risk-management scenarios of many ﬁrms nor in the contingency plans of public authorities. Therefore, it is of no surprise that the immediate and drastic regulatory response that followed soon became an uneven political dispute between industry economic power and regulatory science, with consumers caught in the middle. Regulatory systems...