The relationships between risks and hazards raise fundamental questions with broad social science and policy implications; during unstable situations of acute or chronic danger and substantial uncertainty (i.e. a crisis), important and deeply rooted societal institutions, norms, and values come into play. The purpose of Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy is to provide a forum for research and commentary that examines societies’ understanding of and measures to address risks and hazards, how public policies do and should address these concerns, and how a better understanding of societal hazard and risk situations may attenuate crises. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy is explicitly designed to encourage a broad perspective by integrating work from disciplines that often do not communicate with each other.
The journal looks at social science theory and policy design across the spectrum of risks and crises — natural and technological hazards, public health, terrorism, and societal and environmental disasters — and across issues of risk perception, definition, prediction, management, feedback, and learning. Papers analyze the ways that societies deal with both unpredictable and predictable events as public policy questions, which include topics such as governance, loss and liability, administrative practices, agenda setting, and the social and cultural contexts in which hazards, risks and crises are perceived and defined. To ensure effective dialogue, the journal invites practitioners and policy makers to contribute their perspectives.
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