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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy$
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James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036580

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.001.0001

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Environmental Risk: New Approaches Needed to Address Twenty-First Century Challenges

Environmental Risk: New Approaches Needed to Address Twenty-First Century Challenges

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(p.103) 5 Environmental Risk: New Approaches Needed to Address Twenty-First Century Challenges
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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy
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Michael E. Kraft

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.003.0005

The concept of environmental risk is pervasive in contemporary environmental policy, and there are legions of experts, within and outside of government, who conduct, communicate, interpret, and debate studies designed to influence decisions on myriad environmental risks that we face today. Such use of risk analysis is likely to continue for the indefinite future. The chapter focuses on the key conceptual innovations that lie behind ideas about environmental risk, the practical implications of using environmental risk assessment and risk evaluation in governmental decision making, and the role that environmental risk concepts may play in the future. As sustainable development becomes the long-term goal of environmental policy actions, citizens and policymakers will have to search for new ways to think about, measure, compare, and act on both new and old environmental risks.  

Keywords:   environmental risk , risk analysis, risk management, risk regulation, risk evaluation, risk communication, concept of environmental risk

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