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

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dc.contributor.author Benn, SH
dc.contributor.author Brown, PR
dc.contributor.author North-Samardzic, A
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:43:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Environmental Management, 2009, 90 (4), pp. 1655 - 1662
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4797
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.
dc.publisher Academic Press Ltd Elsevier Science Ltd
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.021
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
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Environmental Management
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 90
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 1503 Business and Management
dc.personcode 000554
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
dc.description.keywords Individualisation
dc.description.keywords Sub-politics
dc.description.keywords Risk Society
dc.description.keywords Reflexivity
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Corporate Governance
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Management and Organisation Studies
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history School of Management (ID: 329)
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