The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation
Edited by Alberto Alemanno
Alberto Alemanno One of the less heralded consequences of globalization is the emergence of crises of escalating magnitude that, due to their systemic impact, test our ability to organize and swiftly execute a coordinated response. Yet truly global institutions, such as the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, to mention a few, govern only speciﬁc domains and do not cover all areas of human activity. Against this backdrop, this book explored the challenges of emergency risk regulation, by initially taking the response to the volcanic ash crisis to explore the general problem of emergency response in an environment where – as recently showed by the 2011 Japan tsunami – the lines between manufactured and natural risks are increasingly blurred. A tsunami, generated in turn by an earthquake, damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, transforming a geophysical disaster into a nuclear threat. This book, due to its interdisciplinary approach, represents an original attempt to capture the key insights that have emerged in the different scholarly contributions to the ﬁeld of risk regulation, by focusing on the notion of emergency risk regulation. Building on a diverse range of contributions, it draws lessons from the emergency regulatory response provided to the volcanic ash crisis and other contingencies and attempts at generalizing some of them to future emergency situations. In so doing, it conceptualizes the notion of ‘emergency risk regulation’. Each chapter, by relying on a different disciplinary perspective, identiﬁes a number of themes about...
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